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Gainsborough: UKIP on top in European vote

File photo dated 06/05/2010 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box as evidence of significant slumps in the number of people properly registered to vote have fuelled calls from a watchdog for changes to Government voting reform plans. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 14, 2011. See PA story POLITICS Voting. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

File photo dated 06/05/2010 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box as evidence of significant slumps in the number of people properly registered to vote have fuelled calls from a watchdog for changes to Government voting reform plans. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 14, 2011. See PA story POLITICS Voting. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) topped the European election polls in Gainsborough as national success for Nigel Farage’s party was repeated locally.

UKIP won 368,734 votes in the East Midlands and took two of the five seats, as did the Conservative Party with 291,270 votes.

Labour also secured a seat and saw its share of the vote increase, while the Lib Dems lost its one seat in the region.

The UKIP candidates elected were Roger Helmer and Margot Parker. Tories Emma McClarkin and Andrew Lewer and Labour’s Glenis Willmot were also elected.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Helmer said: “UKIP is the first new party for a hundred years to win a national election. I feel both proud and humbled to have been part of it.”

Margot Parker said after her victory: “We have had a solid response back from people and actually, in Nottingham, I can recall crossing the square and people actually coming across to shake our hands.”

“It was enough to see the purple rosette.”

But this result has meant that Liberal Democrat and well-known Lincoln-based MEP Bill Newton Dunn lost his seat.

He was elected at the very first parliament in 1979, and served six five year terms.

He was re-elected in July 2009 for the East Midlands, but these election results saw him lose his seat amid a storm of UKIP, Conservative and some Labour votes.

Mr Newton Dunn said that the Liberal Democrats need to find a better way to get their message across. He said: “We have got the right message, Britain has got to stay in Europe, but we have not got it across.”

The break down of votes for West Lindsey district were:

UK Independence Party (UKIP) with 8,426 votes.

Conservative Party with 7,247 votes.

Labour Party with 3,051 votes.

Liberal Democrats with 2,080 votes.

Green Party with 1,247 votes.

An Independence from Europe with 483 votes.

British National Party with 305 votes.

English Democrats with 203 votes.

And Harmony Party with 41 votes.

The turnout for West Lindsey was 31.55 per cent with a total of 23, 131 votes cast.

 

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