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Tories and UKIP win two MEPs each in South West

By GDemianyk  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

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The South West's six newly-elected MEPs

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UKIP and the Tories have bagged two MEPs each in the South West, with Labour and the Green Party getting one each.

It means the six MEPs representing the South West in the European Parliament are William Dartmouth (UKIP), Julia Reid (UKIP), Ashley Fox (Con), Julie Girling (Con), Clare Moody (Lab) and Molly Cato Scott (Green).

Across the South West, UKIP got 484,184 votes (32%), Conservatives 433,151 (29%), Labour 206,124 (14%), Green Party 166,447 (11%) and the Lib Dems 160,376 (11%).

It means the Lib Dems have lost their one MEP, Sir Graham Watson, and the Conservatives are down one. The Greens have now their first ever MEP in the South West and Labour has picked up one it last five years ago.

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In BBC South West area, the UKIP vote was +10.6% on the last election in 2009, the Tories -0.6% , Lab +5.6%, Green +1.7% and Lib Dems -6.1%.

At the count, Mr Dartmouth hit out against the "barrage" of attacks from the "mainstream media". Mr Fox said the Conservatives were "the only party" able to deliver an EU referendum, and Labour's Ms Moody said their votes reflected the "economic pain" being felt across the South West. Ms Cato Scott said she would forge strong relations with green groups across Europe and Sir Graham said the Lib Dems "will be back".

UKIP won in 24 of the 38 areas, including in Cornwall, Torbay, North Devon, and the Scillies.

After 10 of Great Britain’s 11 regional constituencies had declared their results, Ukip had 23 MEPs and a 29.07% share of the vote – up 11.68% on 2009.

Labour had 18 MEPs and a 25.35% vote share, the Tories had 18 MEPs and a 24.56% vote share, the Greens three MEPs and a 7.85% share while the Lib Dems managed a solitary MEP and 6.85% of the vote.

The final result in Scotland will be announced later, but with only the Western Isles left to declare it appears the SNP and Labour will retain their two Scottish MEPs, with the Scottish Tories also keeping their European representative.

The Cornwall electorate had UKIP on 53,943 votes, Tories 37,698, Lib Dems 17,840, Green 16,398 and Labour 16,122.

Mid Devon had the Conservatives in first, UKIP in second and Green Party in third, with Labour in fourth and Lib Dems fifth.

In North Devon, UKIP was first, Tories second, Lib Dems in third, Green Party in fourth and Labour in fifth. That result will be disappointing for the Lib Dems where it has the sitting MP, Nick Harvey.

Similarly, the Lib Dems were third in Torbay, where Lib Dem Adrian Sanders is MP, behind UKIP and the Tories.

But it is the proportion of the vote that counts, rather than the placing.

The results mean the Olympian James Cracknell misses out as a Conservative MEP as he was the third Tory candidate on their list.

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  • toffer99  |  May 28 2014, 9:34AM

    UKIP got 27.5% of the vote from 35% of potential voters - 9.6% of the total voting population. They control no councils and have no MPs.

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  • Pink_Diesel  |  May 26 2014, 7:10PM

    I'm rather pleased that the Southwest elected a Green. Not all is horror there,

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  • jetdave  |  May 26 2014, 6:31PM

    By the way, UKIP doubled their vote in London.

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  • jetdave  |  May 26 2014, 6:29PM

    And it's not just British voters who want out of the EU - a far-right earthquake rumbled across Europe this week. The message coming loud and clear from Europe's voters was a resounding thumbs down to the EU project. Around a quarter of MEPs in the new parliament will be campaigning for its abolition. They range from the far left - Syriza in Greece took 26.5 per cent while the largely unknown Podemos party stunned Spain by taking 8 per cent – to the ultranationalist right. Economic woes, immigration, and unemployment have been nudging disillusioned voters across Europe towards the far-right parties. The most stunning success came from the Front National in France, headed up by Marine Le Pen, which won the vote with 26%. In Greece, the extreme right Golden Dawn party, which has been accused of following neo-Nazi ideology, also looks set to win seats for the first time. Almost 70 years after Nazi Germany crumbled, a radical right-wing party that has been compared to the Nazis will enter the European Parliament for the first time. The National Democratic Party (NPD), described by German intelligence as "racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist", has campaigned under slogans including "Money for granny instead of Sinti and Roma" and "the boat is full" and has given interviews insisting Europe is "a continent of white people". Can't our politicians see the danger in continuing to ignore the obvious wishes of the electorate across Europe to have democratic control over the way their countries are run?

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  • jetdave  |  May 26 2014, 6:29PM

    Beyond withdrawing the UK from the EU with the concomitant effect of re‑establishing immigration controls, polling from YouGov suggests that one in four of UKIP voters know nothing at all about the party's other policies. Among the population at large, this proportion rises to 63%. Therefore, most if not all of the people who vote UKIP want the UK out of the EU - do the politicians in the major parties get this? Labour finished behind UKIP but ahead of the Conservatives, while its vote share was up by nearly 10% on 2009. Ed Miliband said that while there was "deep discontent" in the UK and it must show it could "answer the call for change" the party would not be changing its position on a referendum on EU membership. Tory sources pointed out that the party's share of the vote had barely fallen in south-west England and in Wales. Some Conservative MPs have called for a general election pact with UKIP next year, something David Cameron has flatly rejected. Foreign Secretary William Hague said that voters who backed UKIP in the European elections would come back to the Tories next year. "I think there is a deep disillusionment and dissatisfaction not just in this country but across Europe," he said. "I think that people do know that in the European elections they can have a free vote, a free hit. It is very different from a general election." The Lib Dems were completely wiped out in the South West, a traditional strong hold. The most high profile casualty, Sir Graham Watson, who first won a seat on the European Parliament in 1994, failed to be re-elected. Catherine Bearder, the only Liberal Democrat MEP to be elected so far, said Mr Clegg had been right to go out and campaign on a positive EU platform. "It's been very difficult," she told Sky News. "We fought a very good, positive campaign on our issues of being in the European Union and standing up for Britain in the European Union." She denied Mr Clegg or the EU as a whole had proved unpopular on the doorstep, but added: "People don't understand how the European Union works and they don't think it is important to their daily lives." They variously say the voters are wrong, "the party would not be changing its position on a referendum on EU membership"; didn't mean it, "people do know that in the European elections they can have a free vote, a free hit"; or stupid, "don't understand how the European Union works". No, they still don't get it.

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  • Pink_Diesel  |  May 26 2014, 5:57PM

    Pink Diesel has emigrated to Oxford.

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  • Pink_Diesel  |  May 26 2014, 5:56PM

    UKIP only got ~10% in London.

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  • toffer99  |  May 26 2014, 5:17PM

    UKIP failed to gain control of Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds or Lancaster, but managed to retain control of the BBC.

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  • welsh_exile  |  May 26 2014, 4:05PM

    The notion that Pink_Diesel is emigrating is no cause for celebration because, sad as it may seem, they would still be able to post verbal diarrhœa on these pages wherever in the world they ended up. Such is the power of the Interweb thingy ... unfortunately.

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  • ukiped  |  May 26 2014, 3:43PM

    Oh dear what a shame never mind. Pink Diesel has thrown the dummy out of the pram and has decided to leave. Perhaps he can catch the same train as the Lib/Dems then they can both leave together. Lib/Dems are dead long live UKIP.

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