Amjad Bashir, one of three Ukip MEPs in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, said his party was 'overjoyed' with the result:
The businessman from Leeds also said his election showed his party is not a racist organisation:
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.