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Bloco de Esquerda more than doubles its vote on the 2019 European elections

In the European elections of 2019, Bloco de Esquerda affirms itself as the third most voted political force, doubling the number of seats (electing Marisa Matias and José Gusmão) and going from 4.56% to 10.56%.
Catarina Martins and Marisa Matias in a rally in Porto. Photo: Paula Nunes.

In the European elections of 2019, Bloco de Esquerda obtained 325,093 votes, 175,465 more votes than in 2014, when it obtained 149,628 votes.

The elected MEP’s are Marisa Matias and José Gusmão.

Marisa Matias is a member of the Political Committee of Bloco de Esquerda and has served two terms in the European Parliament, during which she has stood out for her excellent work.

José Gusmão was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament in the XI Legislature, worked between 2011 and 2018 as assistant in the European Parliament and is also a member of the Political Committee of Bloco de Esquerda.

The Socialist Party (PS) wins the elections, going from 1,105,915 votes to 1,033,048, compared to the European ones of 2014, and passing in % from 31.47% to 33.39%.

The elections also evidence a defeat of the right, with PSD and CDS-PP attaining poor electoral results.

A negative outcome of the European elections held in Portugal has to do with the increase of the levels of abstention from 66.2% to 68.6%.

“Bloco de Esquerda is the third force thanks to the trust that people have in our work”

Marisa Matias reacted to the results reinforcing the presence of Bloco de Esquerda in the European Parliament, reiterating the commitment that “we will use each of these votes to respond to the climate emergency, to fight for jobs with rights, to defend pensions, to defend public services”.

The re-elected MEP reinforced the idea that Bloco de Esquerda became the third political force in Portugal thanks “to the confidence people have in the work Bloco de Esquerda does”. “We made a campaign saying side by side. No one is mistaken over the side on which Bloco de Esquerda stands”, she said.

For Marisa, “Bloco de Esquerda will be and has always been the force that blocks the policy of the extreme right and the politics of hatred”, adding that “it is not with liberal policies that have been destroying Europe that we will be able to stop the far right”. “We fought the extreme right by defending the people, their difficulties, fighting these difficulties and giving answers to their problems”, she mentioned.

“Each vote in Bloco de Esquerda will be used to improve the lives of those who live here”

Catarina Martins, national coordinator, noted that Bloco de Esquerda “grew in percentage, in votes, grew throughout the country and is now the country’s third political force” and welcomed the “huge campaign that Bloco did” that confirms Marisa Matias and José Gusmão as elected MEPs.

Catarina Martins emphasised that Bloco de Esquerda made a campaign in which it did not deviate from the fundamental and that the electoral results prove this.

Praising the campaign run by Marisa Matias, “with all the serenity of those who have never left the place where we are, side by side with the people, to discuss what matters”, pointed out that the Bloco project in these elections was clear: “Bloco de Esquerda was in the elections to ask for a strengthening of its capacity in the European Parliament because it is very clear who defends wages, pensions, the social state, who defends the dignity of those who live of their work and also made a political proposal, because we need to control the financial system, fight offshores, end this assault that has been done to our lives, and make proposals for a reconversion of our economy that responds to the climate emergency”.

According to Bloco de Esquerda’s coordinator, “the defeat of the right is a clear signal that only the left has the capacity to present concrete solutions to people’s lives” and “that is why these elections reconfigure the political map”.

For Catarina, “the debate is open on employment, health, pensions, housing, the climate, and it is the left that will define this debate” and “it is now the responsibility of the left to live up to the expectation of responding to what really matters”.

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