UKIP and Tories dominate the polls in South West MEP elections

Ashley Fox, Conservative

Molly Scott Cato, Green Party

William Dartmouth, UKIP

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THE national swing towards UKIP was mirrored in the South West in the European Election’s announced yesterday.

The Cotswolds and Wiltshire were just two areas to return a Conservative vote, along with Cheltenham and Bath and North East Somerset.

Bristol and Exeter voted Labour, and the only area to return a Liberal Democrat vote was Gibraltar.

The rest of the South West also witnessed the UKIP whitewash with the partying taking Gloucester and Swindon as well as South Somerset, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane, North Devon, East Devon, Christchurch in Dorset, Cornwall, Teignbridge, Torbay, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Portland.

In those seats where they did not win they came second.

It means that both UKIP and the Conservatives return two MEPs each, with one Labour and one Green Party representative.

Before this week's election the South West MEP make-up included three Conservatives, two UKIP and one Lib Dem.

Now the six MEPs for the South West on the European Parliament are:

  • William Dartmouth (UKIP)
  • Julia Reid (UKIP)
  • Ashley Fox (Con)
  • Julie Girling (Con)
  • Claire Moody (Lab)
  • Molly Cato Scott (Green)

Total votes:

  • UKIP - 484,184
  • Tories - 433,151
  • Labour - 206,124
  • Greens - 166,447
  • Lib Dems - 160,376

In the South West, UKIP won 24 of 38 areas, Tories won 11, Labour two and Lib Dems one with Gibraltar.

The Conservative vote is believed to be down 1.4% in South West with the UKIP vote up 10.3%.

Conservatives topped Cotswold in South West region with 10,863 votes; Ukip second (6,865); Liberal Democrats third (3,063); Green Party fourth (2,254).

Conservatives came top at Wiltshire in South West region with 46,306 votes; Ukip second (40,951); Liberal Democrats third (13,260); Labour fourth (12,961).

Conservatives topped Cheltenham in South West region with 10,123 votes; Ukip second (8,231); Liberal Democrats third (7,161); Green Party fourth (3,558).

Ukip came top in Gloucester in the South West region with 10,173 votes, Conservatives came second 8,715, Labour came third on 6,899, Lib Dems came fourth with 2,329 and Greens fifth with 2,099.

Labour came top at Bristol in South West region with 30,517 votes; Ukip second (25,700); Green Party third (21,916); Conservative fourth (21,105); Liberal Democrats fifth 11,216.

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6:04pm Mon 26 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Nigel Farage has called for the Electoral Commission to be abolished for allowing the misleadingly named An Independence From Europe party onto the ballot papers. Farage accepted that the spoiler party cost UKIP an even greater win, the party is furious that Gawain Towler was denied a seat in the South West because of the vote being split by the other party’s “UK Independence Now” slogan. ......
Nigel Farage has called for the Electoral Commission to be abolished for allowing the misleadingly named An Independence From Europe party onto the ballot papers. Farage accepted that the spoiler party cost UKIP an even greater win, the party is furious that Gawain Towler was denied a seat in the South West because of the vote being split by the other party’s “UK Independence Now” slogan. ...... Col Mustard
  • Score: -1

7:20pm Mon 26 May 14

StephanieP says...

So what happened to the Lib Dems? The BBC news report tonight said the party had “collapsed”. Relegated to a place BEHIND even the Green Party! What must the vociferous Lib Dems in Cirencester be thinking now? They are very quiet!
So what happened to the Lib Dems? The BBC news report tonight said the party had “collapsed”. Relegated to a place BEHIND even the Green Party! What must the vociferous Lib Dems in Cirencester be thinking now? They are very quiet! StephanieP
  • Score: 1

9:31am Tue 27 May 14

Susie Clark says...

Just what I was thinking, StephanieP. No comment at all from Olly, Crispin or Lansky. I notice that one of the leading Lib Dems has called for the party to rid itself of its " toxic " image so perhaps we'll hear less from the usual bloggers in future.
What has happened is that there is a new protest party around , and it ain't the Lib Dems ! Not surprising, really - the mood is one of less Europe, and, of course, the Lib Dems are vehemently pro Europe .Losing 91% of their EU members and 75% of their councillors shows how out of touch they are.
Just what I was thinking, StephanieP. No comment at all from Olly, Crispin or Lansky. I notice that one of the leading Lib Dems has called for the party to rid itself of its " toxic " image so perhaps we'll hear less from the usual bloggers in future. What has happened is that there is a new protest party around , and it ain't the Lib Dems ! Not surprising, really - the mood is one of less Europe, and, of course, the Lib Dems are vehemently pro Europe .Losing 91% of their EU members and 75% of their councillors shows how out of touch they are. Susie Clark
  • Score: -1

4:39pm Tue 27 May 14

Col Mustard says...

I am sure all Libdems will be heartened to see Nick Clegg so much more cheery today and seen playing snooker on BBC News 24. His oscar winning performance yesterday with the dramatic lighting , special "sick as a parrot" make up and the dogged " I am going to fight on" spirit... just the ticket to get more votes for UKIP...

All we want now is some TV appearances by a bigger liar than Cleggie .... Tony Blair and thats another few thousand votes for UKIP.....Well done BBC !

Here are the Cotswold District Voting figures that the W&G has not published.

Conservative 10863 41.7% (2009: 11332 42%) Down 469 4.1%
UKIP 6865 26.3% (4610 17.1%) Up 2255 48.9%
Lib Dems 3063 11.8% (4177 15.5%) Down 1114 26.7%
Green 2254 8.7% (2446 9.1%) Down 192 7.8%
Labour 2243 8.6% (1293 4.8%) Up 950 73.5%
Others, including rejected papers 764 2.9% (3117 11.6%) Down 2353 75.5%
An Independence from Europe 339
BNP 151
English Democrats 219

Turnout was 38.3% (2009 41.01%) Down 2.7ppts
I am sure all Libdems will be heartened to see Nick Clegg so much more cheery today and seen playing snooker on BBC News 24. His oscar winning performance yesterday with the dramatic lighting , special "sick as a parrot" make up and the dogged " I am going to fight on" spirit... just the ticket to get more votes for UKIP... All we want now is some TV appearances by a bigger liar than Cleggie .... Tony Blair and thats another few thousand votes for UKIP.....Well done BBC ! Here are the Cotswold District Voting figures that the W&G has not published. Conservative 10863 41.7% (2009: 11332 42%) Down 469 4.1% UKIP 6865 26.3% (4610 17.1%) Up 2255 48.9% Lib Dems 3063 11.8% (4177 15.5%) Down 1114 26.7% Green 2254 8.7% (2446 9.1%) Down 192 7.8% Labour 2243 8.6% (1293 4.8%) Up 950 73.5% Others, including rejected papers 764 2.9% (3117 11.6%) Down 2353 75.5% An Independence from Europe 339 BNP 151 English Democrats 219 Turnout was 38.3% (2009 41.01%) Down 2.7ppts Col Mustard
  • Score: 6

7:52pm Tue 27 May 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

What are the chances of Wilts and glos covering gun lobbying scandal associated with our MP & donations from Chinese Communist Party?
What are the chances of Wilts and glos covering gun lobbying scandal associated with our MP & donations from Chinese Communist Party? Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: -2

5:37am Wed 28 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Four senior Tory backbenchers – Geoffrey Clifton Brown, Sir Jim Paice, Graham Brady and Karl McCartney – recently enjoyed a day’s free shooting and hospitality (worth £800 per head) on the Catton Hall estate in Derbyshire as guests of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

The four were part of a lobbying campaign that successfully argued that gun license fees should remain at £50 (and £40 for the five-yearly renewal), a figure that's held for well over a decade. According to the Association of Chief Police Constables (ACPO) this comes nowhere near the estimated £200 per licence that it costs the police to operate the licensing system and make home security checks.
Four senior Tory backbenchers – Geoffrey Clifton Brown, Sir Jim Paice, Graham Brady and Karl McCartney – recently enjoyed a day’s free shooting and hospitality (worth £800 per head) on the Catton Hall estate in Derbyshire as guests of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. The four were part of a lobbying campaign that successfully argued that gun license fees should remain at £50 (and £40 for the five-yearly renewal), a figure that's held for well over a decade. According to the Association of Chief Police Constables (ACPO) this comes nowhere near the estimated £200 per licence that it costs the police to operate the licensing system and make home security checks. Col Mustard
  • Score: 5

10:20am Wed 28 May 14

Union Man says...

Susie and Stephanie are being most unfair towards the Lib Dems.
In the Cotswolds Lib Dems came a solid 3rd with about 1/3rd the amount of votes the Conservatives received and 3/8th the UKIP vote. But 3rd is a good result, it is a bronze at the Olympics, a Podium in Formula 1. So don't be so negative ladies. I wish the Lib Dems well and I hope they get very many more 3rd place results in future.
It is not Cotswold Lib Dems fault that the SW Greens voted Green and got a Green party candidate instead of a Yellow one.
No pat yourselves on the back Cotswold Lib Dems, your leg work and canvassing really paid off, who knows if the result is replicated next year you could maybe take up golf or crochet or even croquet
Susie and Stephanie are being most unfair towards the Lib Dems. In the Cotswolds Lib Dems came a solid 3rd with about 1/3rd the amount of votes the Conservatives received and 3/8th the UKIP vote. But 3rd is a good result, it is a bronze at the Olympics, a Podium in Formula 1. So don't be so negative ladies. I wish the Lib Dems well and I hope they get very many more 3rd place results in future. It is not Cotswold Lib Dems fault that the SW Greens voted Green and got a Green party candidate instead of a Yellow one. No pat yourselves on the back Cotswold Lib Dems, your leg work and canvassing really paid off, who knows if the result is replicated next year you could maybe take up golf or crochet or even croquet Union Man
  • Score: -5

2:19pm Wed 28 May 14

Iansky says...

Susie Clark wrote:
Just what I was thinking, StephanieP. No comment at all from Olly, Crispin or Lansky. I notice that one of the leading Lib Dems has called for the party to rid itself of its " toxic " image so perhaps we'll hear less from the usual bloggers in future. What has happened is that there is a new protest party around , and it ain't the Lib Dems ! Not surprising, really - the mood is one of less Europe, and, of course, the Lib Dems are vehemently pro Europe .Losing 91% of their EU members and 75% of their councillors shows how out of touch they are.
Sorry to dissapoint you Susie, I in fact voted for UKIP as I am fed up with the arrogance self serving attitude of our current political parties who just "Do not listen" to the people but pay lip services for votes then do their own thing.

I am not even considering the likelihood of UKIP making it into Government as a major player but they have certainly listened and in turn voiced the concerns and frustrations of many in this country and to me that is a good thing.

I just hope those in power who adopt an air of complacency are now starting to realise the cost and will make an effort to work for the people of Britain rather than putting their own needs & pockets first!
[quote][p][bold]Susie Clark[/bold] wrote: Just what I was thinking, StephanieP. No comment at all from Olly, Crispin or Lansky. I notice that one of the leading Lib Dems has called for the party to rid itself of its " toxic " image so perhaps we'll hear less from the usual bloggers in future. What has happened is that there is a new protest party around , and it ain't the Lib Dems ! Not surprising, really - the mood is one of less Europe, and, of course, the Lib Dems are vehemently pro Europe .Losing 91% of their EU members and 75% of their councillors shows how out of touch they are.[/p][/quote]Sorry to dissapoint you Susie, I in fact voted for UKIP as I am fed up with the arrogance self serving attitude of our current political parties who just "Do not listen" to the people but pay lip services for votes then do their own thing. I am not even considering the likelihood of UKIP making it into Government as a major player but they have certainly listened and in turn voiced the concerns and frustrations of many in this country and to me that is a good thing. I just hope those in power who adopt an air of complacency are now starting to realise the cost and will make an effort to work for the people of Britain rather than putting their own needs & pockets first! Iansky
  • Score: 3

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