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UKIP wins three of the seven West Midland seats

The political map of the West Midlands was transformed as UKIP stormed to victory in the European elections.

Jill Seymour
Jill Seymour

The political map of the West Midlands was transformed as UKIP stormed to victory in the European elections.

The Euro-sceptic party topped the poll in the West Midlands, taking three of the seven seats available.

It means the region now has three UKIP MEPs, two Labour and two Conservatives.

Five years ago, when there were six seats up for grabs, UKIP and the Tories took two each, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats one apiece.

The West Midlands results reflected the situation nationally as UKIP enjoyed great success, pushing Labour and the Conservatives into second and third place, with the Lib Dems all but wiped out.

The three West Midlands UKIP representatives Jilly Seymour, Jim Carver and Bill Etheridge are all fresh faces to the Brussels Parliament.

The party’s previous MEPs – Mike Nattrass and Nikki Sinclaire – both left the party mid-term and stood unsuccessfully with newly-formed parties.

The results also marked a return for Labour’s Nena Gill, who was a West Midlands MEP for two terms between 1999 and 2009.

She is joined by former Erdington MP Sion Simon.

Conservatives Philip Bradbourn and Anthea McIntyre both retained their seats.

But booted out by the voters was Liberal Democrat Philip Bennion.

The West Midlands is one of the biggest Euro constituencies, also taking in Stoke-on-Trent, Worcester, Rugby and Shrewsbury. UKIP took 31 per cent of the votes.

It was a seismic result for UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s party, which came first or second in almost every district of the West Midlands.

But Labour dominated the larger urban areas like Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Turnout was low – with just under a third of the area’s 4.1 million voters taking part.

 

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