European election results 2014: 8 things you need to know

 8 things you need to know about the EU election results
Ukip leader Nigel Farage smiles on stage after his party’s EU success (Picture: AP)

With the results of the European parliamentary elections now revealed, here’s everything you need to know about the results in Britain:

1. Ukip is now the biggest British party in the European parliament

Nigel Farage’s ‘people’s army’ has stormed the elections claiming 23 MEP seats and 27.5% of the vote, beating the Conservatives and Labour.

2. Turnout was just as low as in the 2009 European elections

34.19% of the electorate turned out to vote – slightly lower than the 2009 elections, where the turnout was 34.7%.

Talk of people recognising this year’s elections as ‘more important’ seems to have proved unfounded.

3. Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats endured another ugly defeat

The Lib Dems lost nine seats, leaving them with one sole MEP and 6.87% of the popular vote.

The clouds seem to be gathering for Mr Clegg’s leadership after a poor showing in this month’s local elections, where they lost 310 councillors and two councils.

Leader of the BNP Nick Griffin
BNP leader Nick Griffin is no longer an MEP (Picture: PA)

4. The BNP is no longer a European party

Nick Griffin’s controversial far right party has lost its only two seats in the European parliament, with the BNP securing just over 1% of the vote – a dip of approximately 5% from the 2009 elections.

5. Greens became the fourth biggest British party in Strasbourg

While their share of the popular vote has gone down (by 0.75%) they have picked up an extra MEP seat, giving them with three MEPs.

6. Conservatives have moved from first to joint second largest party in Europe

The Tories lost seven seats, leaving the party in joint second place in terms of seats with Labour. Both parties have 18 MEPs.

British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband leaves after speaking to journalists outside his house in North London on May 23, 2014, a day after the local council elections. Britain's UK Independence Party surged to its best ever performance in local council elections, according to results announced, giving the anti-EU and anti-immigration group hope for a similar breakthrough in European parliament polls. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
The results were a good boost for Ed Miliband’s Labour (Picture: AFP/Getty)

7. Labour has made impressive progress in these elections

Miliband’s gang made electoral gains of 9%, leaving them with over 25% of the popular vote.

They snagged seven more seats, allowing them to catch up with the Conservatives.

8. This is not the general election

Whatever commentators will tell you, this is not the general election and the results here do not replicate themselves in the Commons.

Not only is it a different electoral system but also voter turnout for general elections is much higher (65% turnout in 2010).

So don’t count your chickens just yet Mr Farage…

26 May 2014 | 10:37 am – Source:

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