European Elections: The results

Everything you need to know about the European Elections which take place on May 22, 2014

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Farage: Rotherham and Grimsby key target seats in 2015

UKIP leader Nigel Farage smiles as he hears the results during the European Parliamentary elections count Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nigel Farage has announced that Rotherham and Grimsby will be among UKIP's key target seats for 2015 after topping the European election poll last night in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The party unveiled their new MEPs at a press conference in London, where the UKIP leader said he would announce their manifesto in Ed Miliband's Doncaster seat in September. While UKIP now have 24 MEPs, they are yet to gain a seat in Westminster.

UKIP celebrate after almost trebling MEP numbers

UKIP are celebrating this morning (Monday May 26, 2014) after almost trebling the number of MEPs they have in our region. Last night they picked up three seats in the European elections in Yorkshire and the Humber and two in the East Midlands. The Lib Dems and BNP were completely wiped out.

Jane Collins MEP UKIP Yorkshire & Humber and Edward McMillan-Scott Lib Dems have been given their reaction to the results to ITV's political correspondent Paul Brand.


Long-serving Lib Dem: "Clegg did the right thing"

Downbeat Liberal Democrat Bill Newton Dunn, the UK's longest serving MEP, said he was 'very disappointed' after the party lost its seat in the East Midlands.

But despite criticism of the Lib Dem leadership, he defended Nick Clegg's approach to the election:

The fantasies that Ukip put about are completely misleading. Nick had the courage to say 'Let's take on Farage and tell the truth' and I give him full credit for that. He did the right thing.

– Bill Newton Dunn, Liberal Democrat

Ukip and the Conservatives each took two of the five seats in the East Midlands, with Labour securing one.

Ukip candidates Roger Helmer and Margot Parker were elected along with Tories Emma McClarkin and Andrew Iain Lewer and Labour's Glenis Willmott.

I'm feeling fairly euphoric, I think it's fair to say. We'd hoped to win, we'd planned to win but we hadn't anticipated that we might win by such a margin.

– Roger Helmer MEP, Ukip

Ukip MEP: "We've not been afraid to answer difficult questions."

Amjad Bashir, one of three Ukip MEPs in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, said his party was 'overjoyed' with the result:

It shows the hard work that we've put in. We've not been afraid to go out to the public, be asked difficult questions and answer those difficult questions.

We've also listened and other parties have failed to do that.

– Amjad Bashir MEP, Ukip

The businessman from Leeds also said his election showed his party is not a racist organisation:

Here I am, of Asian birth, of Asian parentage, Muslim, and I have been selected by this so-called racist party. It disproves that completely.

The party, in selecting me, I was voted in, it was a democratic process where the whole party nationally voted for me. I got the second highest number of votes and, therefore, I was selected for the area.

– Amjad Bashir MEP, Ukip

Ukip topped the poll in the Yorkshire and the Humber region with more than 400,000 votes.

Rotherham, where the party did well in Thursday's council election, was one of the earliest to see the party come in first. It was followed by others including Wakefield, York, Selby and North East Lincolnshire.

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