Huge swing to UKIP in European election in Epsom

UKIP leader Nigel Farage had predicted a

UKIP leader Nigel Farage had predicted a "political earthquake" in the elections

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UKIP received just 112 votes less than the Tories in Epsom in the European elections.

The anti-EU party got 6,334 votes in the borough almost neck and neck with the Conservatives on 6,446.

In a landslide victory across the South East region, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and three other party members were elected to the European Parliament.

Nationwide UKIP almost doubled its tally of MEPs to 24 - a shock result that fulfilled Mr Farage’s prediction of a "political earthquake".

The swing of support towards nationalism and EU opposition was echoed elsewhere in Europe including France where the Front National triumphed.

Three Conservative MEPs, a Lib Dem MEP, a Labour MEP and a Green MEP were elected in the South East region.

In Epsom and Ewell, Labour got 2,785 votes while the Green Party received 1,619 votes, just 41 less than the Lib Dems.

The turnout in the European elections was 35.24 per cent in the borough.

After gains in these elections, UKIP has now set its sights on the national elections in 2015.  

Epsom and Ewell Conservative MP Chris Grayling said: "As people locally know, I am a staunch Eurosceptic who wants an in/out referendum on our future in the EU.

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"I'm glad that the Conservatives finished ahead locally in Epsom and Ewell Borough.

"At the last election more than 30,000 people locally voted Conservative and I hope to have their support again next year."

European election results in Epsom and Ewell:

• Conservative Party - 6,446

• UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 6,334

• Labour Party - 2,785

• Liberal Democrats - 1,660

• Green Party - 1,619

• An Independence from Europe - 340

• Christian Peoples Alliance - 162

• British National Party - 111

• English Democrats - 110

• The Peace Party - Non-Violence, Justice, Environment - 94

• The Socialist Party of Great Britain - 33

• YOURvoice - 30

• Liberty Great Britain - 21

• Harmony Party - 17

• The Roman Party. Ave - 16

>> ELECTION 2014 - News and information on last week's results

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9:07am Wed 28 May 14

jswan1 says...

Europe means little and people just use it as a protest vote. The South East will always belong to the Tories.
Europe means little and people just use it as a protest vote. The South East will always belong to the Tories. jswan1
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8:31am Fri 30 May 14

sfocata says...

Agreed - Europe traditionally comes low on people's lists of concerns at general elections. Local and EU elections are seen (wrongly, in my view... all levels of politics should be used wisely) as a "free chance" to make a protest vote.
Agreed - Europe traditionally comes low on people's lists of concerns at general elections. Local and EU elections are seen (wrongly, in my view... all levels of politics should be used wisely) as a "free chance" to make a protest vote. sfocata
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