European Elections – Eastern Region Results

So in spite of the European Elections being pretty much a waste of time in practical terms – given that the elected MEPs will scarcely have time to get their feet under the table before the Oct 31st deadline to leave the EU looms – turnout over the country was up on 2014 – and most seemed to have used the opportunity as a tactical voting exercise to put the boot into the main two parties – who let’s face it, whichever side of the great divide you are on, have made a complete hash of the Brexit process and brought UK politics into disrepute all over the world.

There were two new parties vying for votes this time round – and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was the big winner in the UK as a whole, and our region reflected the National result. It was a different story for Remain party Change UK who won absolutely no seats. Both the Lib Dems and the Greens gained from the general disgust with the Conservatives and Labour – but UKIPs vote collapsed completely.

In the Eastern Region The Brexit Party won three of the seven seats. But it was also a big night for the Liberal Democrats who took two, and for The Green Party which won its first ever seat in the Region.

The Conservatives hung on to the last seat with Geoffry Van Orden retaining his position – but Labour’s standing MEP Alex Mayer lost out as the party failed to get enough votes to take a seat under the proportional representation system.

The Regional turnout was 36.4%, fractionally down from 36.6% in 2014 – but it was noticeably higher in Remain-voting districts in the west of the region.

Lowestoft fish merchant June Mummery was one of the successful Brexit Party candidates and promised to take the battle for the region’s fisheries to Brussels,  UEA Professor Dr Rowett said she was looking forward to being part of a large Green group from across the continent in the European Parliament, and Lucy Nethsingha for the Liberal Democrats said she was determined to take the Remain message to Europe.

EAST OF ENGLAND – 7 MEPS  (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)

2014 result: 3 UKIP, 3 Conservative, 1 Labour

2019 MEPs elected 

  • 3 Brexit Party: Richard Tice, Michael Heaver, June Mummery
  • 2 Lib Dem: Barbara Gibson, Lucy Nethsingha
  • 1 Green: Catherine Rowett
  • 1 Conservative: Geoffrey Van Orden

Incumbents defeated: John Flack (Con), Stuart Agnew (UKIP), Alex Mayer (Lab)

Other notable unsuccessful candidates: Former Tory MP Neil Carmichael and former Labour MP Roger Casale both fail in their bids to be elected for Change UK; English Democrats leader Robin Tilbrook ws also defeated

Detailed regional result (compared with 2014)

  • Brexit – 604,715 – 37.83% (+37.83%)
  • Lib Dem – 361,563 – 22.62% (+15.76%)
  • Green – 202,460 – 12.67% (+4.20%)
  • Conservative – 163,830 – 10.25% (-18.12%)
  • Labour – 139,490 – 8.73% (-8.53%)
  • Change UK – 58,274 – 3.65% (+3.65%)
  • UKIP – 54,676 – 3.42% (-31.06%)
  • In East Suffolk the results specifically were as follows:

Brexit – 27,745, Lib Dems – 13,893,  Green – 11,289,  Conservatives – 7,758,  Labour – 4,818,  UKIP – 2,283,  Change UK – 2,132,  English Democrats – 524,  Ind. – 138

The results for seats won across Great Britain were as follows:

  • Brexit Party – 29 (+29)
  • Liberal Democrat – 16 (+15)
  • Labour – 10 (-10)
  • Green – 7 (+4)
  • Conservative – 4 (-15)
  • SNP – 3 (+1)
  • Plaid Cymru – 1 (-)
  • UKIP – 0 (-24)
  • Change UK – 0 (-)

And the votes cast across Great Britain were:

  • Brexit Party – 5,248,533 – 31.6% (+31.6%)
  • Liberal Democrat – 3,367,284 – 20.3% (+13.4%)
  • Labour – 2,347,255 – 14.1% (-11.3%)
  • Green – 2,023,380 – 12.1% (+4.2%)
  • Conservative – 1,512,147 – 9.1% (-14.8%)
  • SNP – 594,553 – 3.6% (+1.1%)
  • Change UK – 571,846 – 3.4% (+3.4%)
  • UKIP – 554,463 – 3.3% (-24.2%)
  • Plaid Cymru – 163,928 – 1.0% (+0.3%)

 

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