UKIP Win Big In East Midlands European Elections

Nigel Farage's party topped the poll in the East Midlands, with the Conservatives taking second place and Labour in third.

UKIP have secured the most votes of any party in the East Midlands in the European elections, taking two of the five available seats, up from one last time round.

Nigel Farage's party got 368,734 votes in our region, that's a 16% rise on 2009.

The Conservatives came in second place with 291,270 votes, holding the two seats they won last time round.

In a close third place was the Labour Party with 279,363 votes, increasing their share of the vote and taking the last remaining seat.

But it was a bad night for the Liberal Democrats who lost their East Midlands MEP, and came in fifth place with 60,773 votes, behind the Green Party who took fourth place with 67,066 votes.

Looking at the national picture, UKIP topped the poll overall across the country, with over 4.3 million votes, an increase of over 10%, after coming second in 2009.

Labour came second nationally, with the Conservatives a close third.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats had a bad night, losing nine MEP's, but they avoided a humiliating wipe-out by holding onto a single seat.


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