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VIDEO: Ukip scores a hat-trick in Yorkshire European poll

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  • by James Reed. Political Correspondent
 

THE UK Independence Party scored a stunning victory in Yorkshire overnight claiming three of the region’s six seats in the European Parliament.

It is the first time one party has taken three seats in Yorkshire since 1999.

In her victory speech at Leeds Town Hall, Ukip lead candidate Jane Collins said: “Myself and my fellow MEPs will be the eyes and ears of the people who have given us their votes and we will do our job to the best of our ability and represent everybody who has voted for us.”

Mrs Collins will be joined at the European Parliament by fellow Ukip Yorkshire MEPs Amjad Bashir and Mike Hookem.

Labour secured two seats in Yorkshire, up from one in 2009, while the Conservatives managed just one, down from two last time.

The Liberal Democrats lost their Yorkshire seat, bringing to an end Edward McMillan-Scott’s 30 years as an MEP for the region on a grim night for the party.

Ukip’s triumph last night came after the party polled the most votes in Calderdale, Doncaster, East Riding Rotherham, York, North Lincolnshire, North-East Lincolnshire, Hull, Scarborough, Wakefield and Selby.

Across the region as a whole Ukip secured 403,630 votes, compared to Labour’s 380,189 with the Conservatives third on 2489,45. The Greens pushed the Liberal Democrats into fifth.

In Leeds, Labour came top with 60,483 votes, ahead of the UK Independence Party with 50,627 votes and the Conservatives with 34,626.

Labour also won in Sheffield, Bradford, Kirklees and secured a narrow victory over Ukip in Barnsley.

Securing two seats means sitting Labour MEP for Yorkshire Linda McAvan will be rejoined at the European Parliament by Richard Corbett, who lost his seat in 2009.

Mrs McAvan said: “There is some disappointment for me that we are not the largest party and we know that there are some people I have spoken to on the doorsteps over the last few weeks who want the Labour Party to deliver for them.

“We know there is disillusionment with all the main parties in our country. We have seen that reflected in the local government results and the results tonight. Issues around low wages, low pay, housing and these are issues where Labour will bring forward policies to counter those problems in the next few months because we want to work towards a General Election victory.”

In terms of Yorkshire districts, the Conservatives were limited to victories in North Yorkshire, polling the most votes in Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Hambleton and Ryedale.

Ukip activists had been confident of securing just two of Yorkshire’s six seats, and hopeful of taking a third, after local election results last week which left the party with 29 councillors on nine authorities in the region including 10 on Rotherham Council where it is now the main opposition group.

With almost all the results in across the country, Ukip was winning with almost 29 per cent of the vote and 22 MEPs. The Conservatives had 16 seats, and Labour 14 -losing five and gaining five respectively.

The Liberal Democrats had secured just one MEP compared to the 11 seats it took in 2009.

The disappointment in the European elections came just days after the Liberal Democrats lost more than 300 councillors including defeats in Calderdale, Harrogate and Sheffield, where Mr Clegg is an MP.

 

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