UKIP wins three West Midlands seats in Euro poll

Bromsgrove Advertiser: COUNT: The count for the West Midlands region took place on Sunday night, (May 25). COUNT: The count for the West Midlands region took place on Sunday night, (May 25).

UKIP are celebrating after winning three seats to represent Worcestershire in the European elections – and topping the regional poll including Bromsgrove's individual vote.

Labour won two seats, doubling its representation in the West Midlands, while the Conservatives won two, one down on the 2009 election.

The Liberal Democrats lost their only MEP, Phil Bennion.

The list of winners is: Jill Seymour (UKIP) Neena Gill (Labour) Philip Bradbourn (Conservative) Jim Carver (UKIP) Sion Simon (Labour) Anthea McIntyre (Conservative) Bill Etheridge (UKIP).

Eleven different parties were vying for the seats, with 71 candidates hoping to make a breakthrough.

In the end, on a 43 per cent turnout, UKIP topped the poll with 428,010 votes. Labour was second on 363,033, the Conservatives were third with 330,470 and the Lib Dems managed just 75,648.

When the vote was broken down regionally, UKIP topped the Bromsgrove vote with 9,264, the Conservative Party second on 8,629, and Labour third on 4,150.

The Green Party was fourth on 1,340, then came the Lib Dems on 1,146, We Demand A Referendum Now on 473, An Independence from Europe on 433, the British National Party on 302, English Democrats on 175, No2EU on 59 and the Harmony Party on 23.

One of the big stories of the night was independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire, who conceded defeat just before 10pm before the results were announced on Sunday night (May 25).

The 46-year-old was originally an MEP for UKIP in 2009 but left the party in a row over its grouping with extreme right wing parties in the Brussels Parliament and stood for We Demand a Referendum Now.

Her party got more than 23,000 across the region, but it was not enough.

In a statement she said: "My supporters will be disappointed, and naturally I am too.

"It has been an honour and a pleasure to represent 5.2 million constituents over the past five years.

"I have met thousands of people in my role, getting involved in community projects and giving a voice to the voiceless, and lending an ear when others wouldn't listen."

The Tories were defending three seats and retained two.

Philip Bradbourn and Anthea McIntyre were re-elected while Dan Dalton failed to replace retiring MEP Malcolm Harbour.

Labour improved upon the one member Ed Miliband's party had in the West Midlands.

Michael Cashman is retiring and former MEP Neena Gill won her bid to return to Brussels five years after losing her seat.

Sion Simon, a former MP, also successfully stood for Labour. The Liberal Democrats lost their only West Midlands seat, held by Phil Bennion.

UKIP won two in 2009 but its MEPs Mike Nattrass and Miss Sinclaire had both since quit the party and formed their own Eurosceptic groups.

The Liberal Democrats were the night's biggest losers as Nick Clegg paid the price for his gamble to position the party as the natural opponents to UKIP's Euroscepticism.

In a humiliating set of results, the party lost all but one of the 11 MEPs it went into the contest with across the country, and was relegated to fifth place behind the Greens.

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6:55am Thu 29 May 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Looks like the barbarians are at the door. Needs a big ideology shift by both the major parties, and a whole lot of 'pork barrelling' of constituencies, as people are looking for the 'messiah'.
Looks like the barbarians are at the door. Needs a big ideology shift by both the major parties, and a whole lot of 'pork barrelling' of constituencies, as people are looking for the 'messiah'. Rita Jelfs
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