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EU BETTER BELIEVE IT; LABOUR LOSES TO UKIP

08-06-2009

European Elections

Labour’s Neena Gill lost her West Midlands seat to UKIP in the European parliament, on a night when hundreds of thousands of voters showed their disenchantment with mainstream politics. Nationally, the far-right BNP won it’s first two seats in Strasbourg.

UKIP came second across the region, winning more than 300,000 votes, and pushing Labour into third place. They were the overall winners in Dudley, Stoke and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

It was a trend mirrored nationally, with Labour trailing behind the Tories and UKIP, en route to suffering their worst poll result since the end of World War One.

The Conservatives were clear winners in the West Midlands but they still lost a seat as the area’s overall representation was reduced from seven MEP’s to 6.

Despite the apparent wipeout, Labour still polled the highest number of votes in Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

The BNP’s successes were in Yorkshire and Humber where former National Front organiser Andrew Brons was elected, and the North-West which returned party leader Nick Griffin.

Our MEP’s will be Philip Bradbourn and Malcolm Harbour (Con), Mike Nattrass and Nikki Sinclaire (UKIP), Michael Cashman (Lab) and Liz Lynne (Lib Dem).

West Midlands result

Con 396,847 (28.08%, +0.74%)
UKIP 300,471 (21.26%, +3.77%)
Labour 240,201 (17.00%, -6.43%)
Liberal Democrat 170,246 (12.05%, -1.69%)
BNP 121,967 (8.63%, +1.13%)
Green 88,244 (6.24%, +1.10%)
English Democratic Party 32,455 (2.30%)
Christian Party 18,784 (1.33%)
Socialist Labour 14,724 (1.04%)
NO2EU 13,415 (0.95%)
Jury Team 8,721 (0.62%)
Libertas 6,961 (0.49%)


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