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UKIP loses seat in East Midlands

Election count in Leicester
The number of East Midlands seats dropped from six to five

The UK Independence Party lost a seat in the European elections in the East Midlands, the only English region where it ended the night having lost an MEP.

A 9% fall in UKIP's share of the East Midlands vote saw it win one seat, down from two in the 2004 elections.

The Conservatives held on to their two seats with a win for Emma McClarkin and the re-election of Roger Helmer.

Labour's Glenis Willmott and Liberal Democrat Bill Newton-Dunn were re-elected, as was UKIP's Derek Clark.

'So excited'

The enlargement of the European Union has reduced the number of East Midlands seats from six to five.

Ms McClarkin - former press officer to Mr Helmer - has been elected for the first time.

"I just think it's fantastic. I'm just so excited," Ms McClarkin said.

"It's a huge privilege to be in this position."

Voter turnout in the region fell from 43.7% to 37.34%.

On a night when Labour performed badly across the UK, the party lost votes in the East Midlands and saw its share of the vote fall from 21% to 16.9%.

But a larger slump for UKIP saw Labour jump from third in 2004 to second behind the Conservatives this year.

Ms Willmott said: "We've actually done better in the East Midlands than we did last time.

"Instead of coming third we've come second."

She called on the party to rally behind the prime minister.



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EUROPEAN ELECTION RESULTS

MEP Seats

  Votes MEPs
Party % +/- % Total +/-
EPP 33.4 -1.4 264 -18
Socialists 23.2 -4.1 183 -26
Liberal 11.0 +1.6 84 +5
Green 7.4 +1.3 50 +9
Left 5.3 -0.6 34 -2
UEN 3.4 +1.6 28 +2
Ind/Dem 2.7 -1.8 21 -15
No Group 13.6 +3.4 72 +3.4
0 of 27 countries declared.

UK Total MEP Seats

Party Votes MEPs
% +/- % Total +/-
CON 27.7 1.0 *26 1
UKIP 16.5 0.3 13 1
LAB 15.7 -6.9 13 -5
LD 13.7 -1.2 11 1
GRN 8.6 2.4 2 0
BNP 6.2 1.3 2 2
SNP 2.1 0.7 2 0
PC 0.8 -0.1 1 0
OTH 8.5 2.4 0 0
SF 1 0
DUP 1 0
72 of 72 seats declared. Vote share figures exclude Northern Ireland as it has a separate electoral system to the rest of the UK
* Includes UCUNF MEP elected in Northern Ireland
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