By Matthew Barrett
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We reported more than a year ago that the United Kingdom would receive a 73rd MEP as part of the European Parliament's changes to various countries' representation as a result of the Lisbon Treaty.
Today, Anthea McIntyre was officially named as the new Conservative MEP for the West Midlands region, which was deemed to deserve an extra seat.
The Electoral Commission decided who would have won the seat had it been available in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections, and Miss McIntyre was identified as the correct candidate. She will serve the rest of the Parliamentary term, which expires in 2014.
Miss McIntyre runs her own business as a management consultant. She is married to Frank Myers and they live in Ross-on-Wye. She said:
"This is a great honour. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, working hard for the interests of the people of the West Midlands."
> In 2008, we interviewed Miss McIntyre as one of the candidates for the West Midlands seat.