Turnout for the European elections in the UK was 36 percent, the European Parliament said, up from 34.7 percent at the last European Parliament polls in 2009.
Across the EU it was 43.11 percent - marginally ahead of the 43 percent registered five years ago.
Today EU leaders voted to back Jean-Claude Juncker as new president of the very powerful EU commission, which looks like business as usual.
In Essex the potential damage Ukip could do to Miliband's Downing Street elections is clear. He is there listening to voter's concerns.
The EU parliament is about to welcome the most Eurosceptic and right-wing intake in its history.