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Elections 2014: European elections national round-up

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

Elections 2014: European elections national round-up
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The UK Independence Party is celebrating this morning after an overall victory in the European elections.

With Scotland only left to declare results, UKIP came out on top with 23 seats in Britain.

The party took 27.5 per cent of the vote.

Labour have come in second, with the Conservatives taking third place.

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Turnout for the European elections in the UK was 36 per cent, up from 34.7 per cent at the last European Parliament polls in 2009.

The results mark the first time in over 100 years since another party, apart from Labour and Conservative, has topped the poll.

UKIP has taken over 10 regions, with its strongest performance coming in the East Midlands.

Labour came second with 25.4 percent just ahead of the Conservatives with 23.9 percent.

The Liberal Democrats narrowly missed out on being completely knocked out of the elections with only one seat in the South East.

Edward McMillan-Scott and Bill Newton Dunn have been knocked from their seats after serving as MEP’s for over 30 years.

The BBC is predicting that the result in Scotland will be SNP on two seats, Labour on two seats and the Conservatives and UKIP with one seat each - meaning Nigel Farage's anti-EU party is expected to win at least one seat in every part of Great Britain.

Across Europe, eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament, in what France's PM called a "political earthquake".

The French National Front performed strongly in the vote and the overall outcome means a greater say for those who want to cut back the EU's powers, or abolish it completely.

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