Who knew we’d be taking part in this year’s European Union Elections when the EU Referendum took place in 2016? But, here we are and it’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out.
This is a live report and will update regularly up to the announcement
of the results and occasionally once they have been declared.
Voters went to the polls on Thursday last week and turnout was actually higher than many had predicted.
Across the EU, turnout rose for the first time ever, hitting 50 per cent. Meanwhile in England, turnout was as follows:
- South East: 39.36% up*
- West Midlands: 32.4% down*
- North West: 33.3% down*
- South West: 40.5% up*
- North East: 32.7% up*
- East of England: 36.4% same**
** 2014 figures 36.2%
Pre-election polls suggest the Brexit Party will gain the most seats with them polling at a collective 36% with no-dealers Ukip.
The Tories are probably going to be licking their wounds for some time, if recent polls and the local elections are anything to go by.
Labour may suffer the same too. They were polling at less than 20%
While her resignation may have affected people’s voting habits, it’s unlikely that Theresa May’s recent decision will prevent the Tories falling to what’s though could be their lowest vote share in a national election since they formed in 1834.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that the Lib Dems, Greens and Change UK, who all back a second referendum, collectively had support of 30% of the public in pre-election polls on election day.
MEPs for the East of England 2019:
- Brexit: 3
- Lib Dem: 2
- Green: 1
- Conservative: 1
That’s three more seats for the Brexit party, who at 11.07pm had seven seats in England, and the first seats declared for Lib Dems, Greens and Conservative in England.
The MEP split in the East of England in 2014 was as follows:
- UKIP: 3
- Conservative: 3
- Labour: 1
The means Labour have gone. and Conservatives have lost two seats to Green and Lib Dems, who now have two seats.
The Brexit party has benefited from the three seats previously held by UKIP.
The MEPs for the East of England 2019 are:
- Richard Tice (The Brexit Party)
- Barbara Gibson (Liberal Democrats)
- Michael Heaver (The Brexit Party)
- Catherine Rowett (Green Party)
- June Mummery (The Brexit Party)
- Lucy Nethsingha (Liberal Democrats)
- Geoffrey Van Orden (Conservative & Unionist Party)
Further facts for fact fans:
- Total electorate: 4,407,975
- Rejected votes: 9,589
- Turnout: 36.48%
- Turnout in Bedford Borough was at: 36%
- Total number of votes cast: 1,608,044
That’s it for our reporting tonight. We’ll bring you the reactions and more commentary as we have it.