This is from Helen Pidd's Guardian article yesterday, on Yorkshire and Humber UKIP MEP candidate Amjad Bashir. She reports his sons were fined for employing illegal immigrants at their restaurant business in Manchester.
Ms Pidd closes her article by analysing the constituency and the likely outcome of the election. She writes:
At the last European poll in 2010, Ukip won one seat in the county:Godfrey Bloom become the MEP. He is currently serving as an independent MEP after being thrown out of the party for making disparaging remarks about women and foreigners from "bongo bongo land". Bloom is not standing again. Nor is Andrew Brons, originally elected on a British National party ticket, but also now an independent after falling out with Nick Griffin, the leader of the far-right party. Ukip is expected to win both those seats plus a possible third in Yorkshire.
This confuses how European votes are cast, under what is known as the PR closed list. There is no way to vote for Godfrey Bloom's seat, or indeed for Andrew Brons. Voters have one vote, which is cast for a party. The number of seats available varies from region to region, but in Yorkshire and the Humber it is six. The total number of votes for each party is then used to allocate a proportionate share of seats - if you get half the votes you get half the seats.
There are no doubt reasons why Helen Pidd wishes to allocate Godfrey Bloom and Andrew Brons seats to UKIP. But they do not equate with how the election is actually run.