European elections: Lewisham's walk-on bit-part role

In all the hurly-burly of the forthcoming European elections, spare a thought for those who labour behind the scenes to get the votes in and counted - because Lewisham is set to play a fairly significant role.
In the back-room bureaucracy of the election of London's new European Parliament representatives on June 4th, the returning officer will be Barry Quirk - the chief executive of Lewisham Council.

He'll be responsible for supervising the count and announcing which eight candidates have been elected as MEPs through the proportional representation system.