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The region's first Green MEP starts work in Brussels

Molly Scott Cato settles in to her new role in Brussels Credit: ITV News West Country

The region's first Green MEP has begun work in Brussels, following her victory in last week's European Elections.

Molly Scott Cato, an economist from Stroud is hoping to work on the EU's economics and agriculture committees.

The Greens won a seat from the Lib Dems in the south west, and now have three British Euro-MPs, one more than last time.

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James Cracknell misses chance to become an MEP

James Cracknell was the third candidate for the Conservatives Credit: ITV News West Country

James Cracknell has missed the chance to become an MEP for the South West.

The former Olympic rower was the Conservatives third candidate in the region. The party won two seats in the South West, with UKIP holding two, and Labour and the Green Party both picking up a seat.

Sir Graham Watson blames 'difficult emergence from recession' for defeat

Sir Graham Watson has blamed the difficult period after the recession for the Lib Dem's poor showing at the European Elections.

He lost his seat, with UKIP holding two seats, and the Green Party gaining their first ever in the South West. It's the end of a 20 year spell as an MEP for the 58 year old.

The Liberal Democrats now have no seats in the South West at the European Parliament.

Greens celebrate first Euro-MP win in South West

South West election results Credit: ITV News West Country

The Greens are celebrating after winning their first Euro- MP for the South West. Labour also regained a seat, with UKIP and the Tories taking two each.

UKIP took around a third of the vote, beating the Conservatives into second place in many areas. But the night was a triumph for Green party candidate Molly Scott Cato, from Stroud - but it meant defeat after 20 years in the European Parliament for veteran Liberal Democrat Sir Graham Watson.

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