The UK independence party made big gains in the European elections last night. UKIP and the Conservatives now hold three seats, and Labour one in the East of England
The East Midlands constituency, which includes Northamptonshire, elected two MEPs for UKIP and the Conservatives, and one for Labour, while the South-East constituency, including Milton Keynes, elected ten MEPs, with UKIP coming out on top
Fellow party member Stuart Agnew held his seat while Tim Aker took the third UKIP place at the expense of the Lib Dems. Andrew Duff losing his seat after 15 years in the role
The Conservatives held their ground - three seats for Vicky Ford, Geoffrey Van Orden and David Campbell Bannerman
Re-elected labour MEP Richard Howitt acknowledges there needs to be a change in direction.