Elections for the European Parliament will be held on 23 May 2019. Voters will choose 73 MEPs in 12 multi-member regional constituencies. Each region has a different number of MEPs based on its population. Click the links to see lists of candidates for your area.East MidlandsEast of EnglandLondon North EastNorth WestNorthern IrelandScotlandSouth EastSouth WestWalesWest MidlandsYorkshire and the Humber MEPs are elected by proportional representation, in order as listed by their party. The number of MEPs each party gets is calculated using a formula called d'Hondt, except in Northern Ireland, where…

Image caption PA Fifty years ago, Sikhs working on Wolverhampton's buses won the right to wear the turban at work. It followed a long-running dispute during which one Sikh man threatened to set himself on fire.It was a time when racial tensions there were high, with the city's most famous MP Enoch Powell saying the country was "heaping up its own funeral pyre" by permitting mass immigration.The Express and Star newspaper reported the turban dispute "could bring chaos to the town's bus services", but it was not just public transport that faced upheaval. Refusing to remove his turban or shave his…

Image copyright Getty Images Some body parts - such as the face, ovaries and testicles - should be excluded from the new presumed consent organ donation system coming into force in England next year, proposals say. From 2020, adults will be considered to be in favour of donating after death unless they have opted out. A new consultation document lists which organs and tissues are allowed to be taken under this system.People have until 22 July to give their views on the proposals.Organs and tissues that can be taken without extra consent under the new system include: • heart (whole organ or for…

Image copyright Getty Images One of Britain's largest care home groups, Four Seasons Health Care, has gone into administration. Two of the holding companies behind the firm appointed administrators on Tuesday after struggling to repay their debts.The group serves about 17,000 residents and patients and employs some 20,000 staff.Four Seasons said the move would not affect care arrangements or lead to the closure of homes.Group medical director Dr Claire Royston commented: "Today's news does not change the way we operate or how our homes are run or prompt any change for residents, families, employees…

Image copyright AFP Vodafone has denied a report saying issues found in equipment supplied to it by Huawei in Italy in 2011 and 2012 could have allowed unauthorised access to its fixed-line network there.A Bloomberg report said that Vodafone spotted security flaws in software that could have given Huawei unauthorised access to Italian homes and businesses.The US refuses to use Huawei equipment for security reasons.However, reports suggest the UK may let the firm help build its 5G network.This is despite the US wanting the UK and its other allies in the "Five Eyes" intelligence grouping - Canada,…

Image copyright PA The money that artists receive when their tracks get played has just hit a record high. In 2018 £746 million was collected - a rise of 4% on 2017. PRS for music, which gathers the royalties for artists, counted songs used on Facebook and Instagram Stories for the first time.But according to singer-songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham, "a lot of songwriters are making less than minimum wage".Ruth-Anne, who's worked with Avicii, JoJo and John Legend, says "it's great everything is starting to get monetised" but adds, "unless you have a top 40 radio hit you don't make a substantial…

Robotics company Anki is set to close down after failing to raise enough cash to continue day-to-day operations. The US company sells small, family-friendly robots.Cozmo and Vector are moveable digital assistants designed to interact with family members. They can respond to requests and take photos. According to technology website Recode, staff were told that they would be laid off, by company chief executive Boris Sofman. Anki said: "A significant financial deal at a late stage fell through with a strategic investor and we were not able to reach an agreement. "We're doing our best to take care…

Image copyright Getty Images TalkTalk has failed to improve its standing on customer complaints in Ofcom's annual survey - the broadband provider has come bottom of the table for the third year running.In 2017 it shared the honour with Virgin Media, but in 2018 and 2019 the prize was all TalkTalk's.Its customers were most likely to be unhappy with the outcome of complaints.A spokeswoman for TalkTalk said the data showed an "improving trend" on the number of complaints.The Ofcom report notes that the handling of customer complaints could be improved "across the industry", with only half of those…

Image copyright Getty Images The days when people camped outside stores to get their hands on the latest smartphone may well be numbered, if recent sales figures are anything to go by.Despite a dazzling array of new devices on display at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: phones that fold, phones with buttons, phones with enormous batteries, expensive phones, budget phones, 5G-ready phones… they aren't exactly flying off the shelves.Samsung's overall operating profits were down by 60% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2019.Apple slashed its iPhone sales forecasts at the start…

Image copyright Samsung Samsung has unveiled a TV that switches from a horizontal, landscape-style orientation to vertical - so it can easily display smartphone content.The 43in device is called Sero and comes with an integrated easel-like stand upon which the screen pivots.It will go on sale in South Korea towards the end of May and cost 1.89m won (£1,250).One TV analyst said it was an interesting concept - but might have limited applications.Sero will come with a microphone and Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby built in. It can also be set up to display photographs, a clock face or other images.…

Image copyright Getty Images Inequality will remain entrenched in the UK "from birth to work" unless the government takes urgent action, the Social Mobility Commission has warned.Its State of the Nation report said the situation had remained "virtually stagnant" since 2014.It is calling on ministers to provide additional funding for older teenagers in education and to extend free childcare to more low income families.The government said it would take the recommendations seriously.The findings will come as a setback to Theresa May who promised to tackle the "burning injustice" of social inequality…