Vote swings UKIP's way

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


THERE was a huge swing in the number of Isle of Wight residents who voted for UKIP in the weekend’s European Parliamentary election, with Conservative support falling by an almost identical amount.

UKIP support leapt by 4,970 votes from 9,563 in 2009 to 14,533, while Conservative support tumbled by 4,767 votes, from 14,122 to 9,335.

Across the South East region, which is represented by ten Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), UKIP enjoyed the biggest share of the vote.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was among four UKIP MEPs elected for the South East.

Three Conservative MEPs were elected, along with one each from Labour, the Green Party and the Lib Dems.

Catherine Bearder became the only Liberal Democrat MEP in the country following the vote. On the Isle of Wight, the number of Lib Dems votes fell from 5,112 to 1,969.

Turnout fell compared with 2009, when the election coincided with a *local election. It dropped from 39.81 per cent then, to 31.82 per cent this year.

The Green vote fell from 5,380 to 3,854, however they remained third overall on the Island, ahead of Labour, despite their vote rising from 2,607 to 3,708.

See a breakdown of the voting below.


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