European elections: Brexit Party, Lib Dems and Greens top Tories in East of England
The Brexit Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party all gained seats in the European Parliament elections in the East of England as the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP were rejected by voters.
Nigel Farage's party, formed only in April, had three MEPs elected as it polled 604,715 – 37.8% of the vote – in the region, which is made up of Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Liberal Democrats, who secured two MEPs, enjoyed a 22.6% share and the Green Party, which won one seat, 12.7%.
The share of the vote for the Conservatives – for whom Geoffrey Van Orden was the only one of the seven sitting MEPs re-elected – was down from 28.3% in 2014 to 10.2%. Labour's share was virtually halved to 8.7%, placing the party in fifth place.
Change UK had 3.6% while UKIP – who lost all three of its sitting MPs – was down from 34.5% to 3.4% of the vote.
The turnout in the East was 36.37% of the electorate, with 1,603,017 votes being cast on Thursday (May 23). The total size of the electorate was 4,407,975.
At the last EU election in 2014, UKIP topped the poll, Conservatives were second, Labour third, the Green Party fourth and the Lib Dems fifth. Going into the 2019 poll, UKIP and the Tories had three MEPs each and Labour one in the East of England; now, they have just one between them.
HOW THE EAST OF ENGLAND VOTED
- The Brexit Party 604,715 (37.83%)
- Liberal Democrats 361,563 (22.62%)
- Green 202,460 (12.67%)
- Conservative 163,830 (10.25%)
- Labour 139,490 (8.73%)
- Change UK 58,274 (3.65%)
- UKIP 54,676 (3.42%)
- English Democrats 10,217 (0.64%)
- Attila Csordas 3,230 (0.20%)
The East of England's 7 MEPs are:
BREXIT PARTY – Richard Tice, Michael Heaver and June Mummery
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT – Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha
GREEN – Catherine Rowett
CONSERVATIVE – Geoffrey Van Orden