Euro election - Labour and Ukip both claim victory

The Northern Echo: Newly-elected MEP Jude Kirton-Darling (Labour) with UKIP's winning candidate, Jonathan Arnott Newly-elected MEP Jude Kirton-Darling (Labour) with UKIP's winning candidate, Jonathan Arnott

LABOUR and Ukip claimed North-East seats in the European Parliamentary elections at the expense of a leading Tory MP and the the Liberal Democrats, who came fourth.

Labour polled 221,988 and took two of the available three seats, while Ukip won 177,660 votes, outstripping the Tories who came in third with 107,733.

The Liberal Democrats scored 36,093, while the Greens ran them close with 31,605.

The result meant Tory Martin Callanan, who was chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, lost his seat and the Lib Dems failed to retain the seat they won in 2009.

Newly-elected MEP Jude Kirton-Darling said: “Its resounding vote for Labour from the North-East.

“It’s many years since Labour have conclusively won the European election in the region.

“The people of the region have put their trust in us and we will do our very best to return that.”

She added: “Ukip’s gain was inevitable with the amount of coverage they have had and with the collapse of the Tory-LibDem coalition vote. You have to remember that last time Ukip only just missed out on a North-East seat.

“The important thing is we have got two seats and we have knocked out the leader of the Tories - an extremely corrosive politician who was upset a lot of people”

Her new colleague Paul Brannen claimed it was a "major victory for Labour".

He said: “Labour will listen to those who felt unable to vote for them in this election and listen to their concerns.

"Ultimately, we will only be able to address those if we go on and win the General Election a year from now.

"This result puts us on target to do that."

Ukip's winning candidate Jonathan Arnott said: "Nigel Farage promised a political earthquake.

“We have caused that tonight. It’s time now to go to Brussels and to work together with any moderate like-minded politicians and let us create shock waves there too.”

He added: “It shows is that Ukip are now clearly the main challengers to Labour across the North-East.

“The region has been rock solid for decades. It is a region where Ukip finished fourth in 2009."

Mr Callanan said: “In democratic politics you are in to win it and if you don’t win it’s disappointing.

“The North-East has always been a Labour stronghold – 25 out of 29 of the parliamentary constituencies are held by the Labour party. Even after their second worst result in 2010, so I managed to cling on in the region three times. Unfortunately a fourth was too much.

“Ukip have got a lot of votes in the region this time. We have to take on board the concerns of people who voted for them."

NORTH-EAST RESULTS: An Independence From Europe 13,934; BNP 10,360; Conservative Party 107,733; English Democrats 9,279; Green Party 31,605; Labour Party 221,988; Liberal Democrats 36,093; Ukip 177,660.

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12:02am Mon 26 May 14

happyguy says...

Hey dave wheres your beloved tories ? your UKIP mates have kicked em out yeah. No tory or lib dums in northeast.
Hey dave wheres your beloved tories ? your UKIP mates have kicked em out yeah. No tory or lib dums in northeast. happyguy
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12:19am Mon 26 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Clearly educated under a socialist administration.
Clearly educated under a socialist administration. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 5

10:55am Mon 26 May 14

JetMorgan says...

Elected is NOT the same as Delivering what was Promised ! Maybe THAT is why UKIP was so successful ? Now is the 'Wait and See' period. CAN and WILL UKIP deliver the goods ?
Elected is NOT the same as Delivering what was Promised ! Maybe THAT is why UKIP was so successful ? Now is the 'Wait and See' period. CAN and WILL UKIP deliver the goods ? JetMorgan
  • Score: 2

11:09am Mon 26 May 14

Jaga says...

“Labour will listen to those who felt unable to vote for them in this election and listen to their concerns". Of course they will, and pigs will fly. There's a squadron of them ready for take-off at DTV - if the airport stays open long enough.
“Labour will listen to those who felt unable to vote for them in this election and listen to their concerns". Of course they will, and pigs will fly. There's a squadron of them ready for take-off at DTV - if the airport stays open long enough. Jaga
  • Score: 2

7:14pm Mon 26 May 14

bettysenior says...

It does not matter which politician or party gets in power, this EU project will not bring hardly any prosperity for 90% of the people of Europe including the UK (indeed economic decline has been the case for nearly 10-years now in real terms taking inflation into account - basically has been going the same way as Japan with 20-years of economic stagnation), but just for the 10% rich as usual (that's why the politicians are leading us down the garden path as the servants of the mighty corporations). Indeed the cost to the EU taxpayer is astronomical and where every one of the 751 MEPs can receive €615,660 a year and look forward to a lump sum pension pot of €303,195. That's times 751 of course and where it is a mere drop in the ocean of the total cost of the EU. Some main-stream media outlets have said incredibly up 1000 billion Euro a year and where 'Translation' cost alone are pushing €1.5 billion a year. But a recent report by Civitas - The Institute For The Study Of Civil Society, stated that 'trade' between the UK and EU countries had not changed percentage wise since 1973, so what's the point for all this vast European taxpayer's investment when it has not given any extra back to the wealth of the people?

Also the NHS is definitely under threat from the private US healthcare industry if the EU-USA trade pact is signed up to by our politicians. A great deal of people do not know this. So enjoy the NHS for as long as you can, but where privatisation is definitely knocking on the door now with this so-called 'free-trade' agreement to be signed by our politicians.

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It does not matter which politician or party gets in power, this EU project will not bring hardly any prosperity for 90% of the people of Europe including the UK (indeed economic decline has been the case for nearly 10-years now in real terms taking inflation into account - basically has been going the same way as Japan with 20-years of economic stagnation), but just for the 10% rich as usual (that's why the politicians are leading us down the garden path as the servants of the mighty corporations). Indeed the cost to the EU taxpayer is astronomical and where every one of the 751 MEPs can receive €615,660 a year and look forward to a lump sum pension pot of €303,195. That's times 751 of course and where it is a mere drop in the ocean of the total cost of the EU. Some main-stream media outlets have said incredibly up 1000 billion Euro a year and where 'Translation' cost alone are pushing €1.5 billion a year. But a recent report by Civitas - The Institute For The Study Of Civil Society, stated that 'trade' between the UK and EU countries had not changed percentage wise since 1973, so what's the point for all this vast European taxpayer's investment when it has not given any extra back to the wealth of the people? Also the NHS is definitely under threat from the private US healthcare industry if the EU-USA trade pact is signed up to by our politicians. A great deal of people do not know this. So enjoy the NHS for as long as you can, but where privatisation is definitely knocking on the door now with this so-called 'free-trade' agreement to be signed by our politicians. http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2014/05/the- european-union-eu-is -heading.html bettysenior
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9:08pm Mon 26 May 14

spragger says...

That fool of a woman did not even mention the EU.
There lies Labour's negligence & eventual downfall
That fool of a woman did not even mention the EU. There lies Labour's negligence & eventual downfall spragger
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