European Election 2014

The European Election will be held on May 22 when Wales will elect four MEPs. The votes won't be counted until May 25, as not result can be declared until voting is completed across the European Union.

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Plaid survived 'difficult' election says Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says she's pleased that her party has managed to retain its seat in the European Parliament despite 'a difficult electoral context.'

I'm pleased that in a difficult electoral context, Wales returned its most effective representative to the European Parliament. The context of this election resulted in Plaid Cymru having to work considerably harder than other parties to get our message across to the people. I am proud of the teams of dedicated party members who worked hard across the country to spread Plaid Cymru's message of hope.

I also thank those who cast their vote for Plaid Cymru and for Wales on Thursday. We will now continue to further Wales' interests in the European Parliament.

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader

Welsh Conservative leader welcomes Euro vote

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has welcomed Kay Swinburne's re-election as an MEP.

Kay is a hugely effective Member of the European Parliament and her welcome re-election will be of significant benefit to Wales.

"I'm delighted that Kay has been returned to the European Parliament and I look forward to continuing with her. Working tirelessly for Welsh interests and representing communities across the country, Kay is a first-class MEP who I know will continue in her role with passion and determination.

“From financial matters impacting upon Welsh families – to the creation of jobs – to the agriculture industry; Kay’s work is wide-ranging and vastly influential and I know her hard work will continue in the coming parliamentary term.

– Andrew RT Davies, Welsh Conservative leader

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Labour narrowly beats UKIP to top Wales Euro vote

Wales has chosen its four MEPs. They are Labour's Derek Vaughan, UKIP's Nathan Gill, the Conservatives' Kay Swinburne and Plaid Cymru's Jill Evans. Labour topped the poll with 28.7% of the vote, just 0.6% more than UKIP which came second.

Labour had hoped to win enough votes to secure a second seat in the European Parliament, but in the event, the final two places went to the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru.

First indications of Welsh Euro result

European election count underway

Counting the votes has begun for the four Welsh seats in the European Parliament. There was a 32% turnout when the votes were cast on Thursday. There are counts in each of the 22 local authority areas, with the overall result declared after 10pm at the Pembrokeshire count in Fishguard.

At the last European Election, five years ago, the Conservatives, Labour, Plaid Cymru and UKIP each won a Welsh seat, with the Tories topping the poll. Labour's hoping to reclaim first place this time, with UKIP seen as its main rival for top spot.

Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives are thought to be in a battle for third place. Fourth won't be good enough to win a seat if another party gets more than twice as many votes. If that happens the leading party will get two MEPs.

Highest turnout on Anglesey, lowest in Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil

Turnout in the European election varied across Wales from 38% on Anglesey to 27% in Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil. In general the Valleys saw most of the lowest turnouts, despite receiving millions of euros in regional aid.

On the other hand, the west Wales regional aid area, which includes much of north Wales, saw some of the highest turnout figures.

In terms of the impact on the overall result on Sunday, it's worth recalling Plaid Cymru's record by-election win on Anglesey last year but also that it was UKIP's best ever performance in Wales. Here's the complete list of provisional figures from the local councils:

  • Anglesey 38%
  • Ceredigion 37%
  • Powys 37%
  • Vale of Glamorgan 37%
  • Carmarthenshire 36%
  • Gwynedd 35%
  • Pembrokeshire 35%
  • Monmouthshire 34%
  • Cardiff 32%
  • Denbighshire 32%
  • Neath Port Talbot 32%
  • Conwy 31%
  • Flintshire 31%
  • Newport 31%
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf 30%
  • Swansea 30%
  • Wrexham 30%
  • Bridgend 29%
  • Caerphilly 29%
  • Torfaen 29%
  • Blaenau Gwent 27%
  • Merthyr Tydfil 27%

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32% turnout in Welsh Euro vote

Just under a third (32%) of Welsh voters turned out in yesterday's European election, it's been provisionally estimated. The figure's been released by Pembrokeshire county Council, which is in charge of the count on Sunday.

It's slightly higher than the 30% who voted in the last European election five years ago but well down on the 41% turnout in 2004. A low turnout is generally thought to work against Labour, who are hoping to win a second Welsh seat.

Labour, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives are each defending one of Wales' four seats in the European Parliament.

Lib Dems respond to activist backing Plaid

Welsh Liberal Democrats have responded to the news that a prominent party member has endorsed Plaid Cymru in the forthcoming European election. Former councillor Amy Kitcher says she doesn't believe her party will be able to win a seat on May 22nd. More details here.

I understand that the Welsh Lib Dem leadership isn't planning to take any disciplinary action and that Ms Kitcher remains a Liberal Democrat member. A statement from a party spokesman avoids criticising her but does attack Plaid Cymru.

You don’t fight little England nationalism by trumping it with Welsh nationalism.

Plaid might be sacking their own cabinet members over UKIP, but the irony is that they have similarities. They are two separatist parties and there is absolutely no guarantee that an independent Wales could remain in the EU.

If you don’t support UKIP’s anti-EU and anti-jobs agenda, then there is only one party for you: the Welsh Liberal Democrats. We are Wales’ only party of IN.

– Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson

Amy Kitcher has tweeted about her decision in response to a Plaid member. She said "It would be disaster for Wales to let UKIP get another seat. A matter of head over heart."

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