Labour and UKIP hail MEPs’ victory at European elections

Celebrations at the count

Celebrations at the count

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LABOUR secured victory at the Euro election count — while UKIP’s vote won three seats for MEPs at the European Parliament, their best ever result in the North West.

The two groups took votes from the BNP and the Liberal Democrats, with sitting MEPs Nick Griffin and Chris Davies both losing their seats.

The Conservative party held two MEPs — Jacqueline Foster and Sajjad Karim.

Theresa Griffin, the top candidate to have been elected for Labour, said she will spend the next five years in Brussels and Strasbourg fighting for jobs, growth and the protection of “our most precious institution” the NHS.

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall hailed the count as the beginning of “four party politics” in the UK, while newly elected Louise Bours said they would use the European election as a springboard for the general election in May 2015.

Ms Bours said: “The North West has been a difficult region for us but we really put our message out there and people like what we are saying.

"Ahead of 2015 we will sit down and decide what seats to target — we have never done that before — depending on where we returned local candidates and whether we have a good base of local support.”

The Green Party’s lead candidate in the North West Peter Cranie blamed the media attention on UKIP for the lack of his party’s success.

The party had been hoping to secure its first representative in European Parliament, and increased its share of the vote.

He said: “Across the region we’ve seen a stunning rise in membership, with hundreds of people joining us during the campaign.

“In the last few weeks of the campaign, once people heard about our policies, we gained their support, but it wasn’t enough to make up for UKIP’s media saturation.”

NORTH WEST MEP RESULTS

  • An Independence from Europe: 26,731 (1.5 per cent)
  • British National Party: 32,826 (1.9 per cent)
  • Conservatives: 351,985 (20.1 per cent)
  • English Democrats: 19,522 (1.1 per cent)
  • Green Party: 123,075 (7 per cent)
  • Labour: 594,063 (33.9 per cent)
  • Liberal Democrats: 105,487 (6 per cent)
  • NO2EU: 5,402 (0.3 per cent)
  • Socialist Equality Party: 5,067 (0.3 per cent)
  • Pirate Party: 8,597 (0.5 per cent)
  • UKIP: 481,932 (27.5 per cent)

North West MEPs:

Theresa Griffin (Labour)
Paul Nuttall (UKIP)
Jacqueline Foster (Conservative)
Afzal Khan (Labour)
Louise Bours (UKIP)
Julie Ward (Labour)
Sajjad Karim (Conservative)
Steven Woolfe (UKIP)

How Bury residents voted

  • An Independence From Europe: 769
  • BNP: 872
  • Conservatives: 11,975
  • English Democrats: 685
  • Green Party: 3,080
  • Labour: 17,201
  • Liberal Democrats: 2,135
  • NO2EU: 122
  • Pirate Party: 251
  • Socialist Equality Party: 101
  • UKIP: 14,162

Rejected ballots: 301
Turnout: 36.24 per cent

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