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Results of the 2019 European elections in the East of England

By Paul Brackley

The Brexit Party is the biggest winner in the East of England following the European elections.

The UK went to the polls on Thursday May 23, 2019
The UK went to the polls on Thursday May 23, 2019

Nigel Farage's new party secured three seats from the region, with the Liberal Democrats winning two, the Greens won a seat and the Conservatives were left with just one, losing two.

Labour lost its seat, which had been held by Alex Mayer. The party has paid the price nationally it appears for a non-committal stance on Brexit.

UKIP lost three seats in the East - with the leave vote effectively transferring to the Brexit Party.

The result

  • The Brexit Party: 3 seats - 604,715 votes (37.8% share; up 37.8%, +3 seats)
  • Liberal Democrats: 2 seats - 361,563 votes (22.6% share, up 15.8%, +2 seats)
  • Green Party: 1 seat - 202,460 votes (12.7% share, up 4.2%, +1 seat)
  • Conservatives: 1 seat - 163,830 votes (10.3%, down 18.1%, -2 seats)
  • Labour: 0 seats - 139,490 votes (8.7%, down 8.5%, -1 seat)
  • Change UK: 0 seats - 58,274 votes (3.7%, up 3.7%)
  • UKIP: 0 seats - 54,676 votes (3.4%, down 31.1 per cent, -3 seats)
  • English Democrats: 0 seats - 10,217 votes (0.64%)
  • Atilla Csordas (Independent): No seat - 3,230 votes (0.2%)

The East of England's new MEPs

The Brexit Party - Richard Tice, Michael Teaver and June Mummery

Liberal Democrats - Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha

Green Party - Catherine Rowett

Conservative Party - Geoffrey van Orden

Lib Dem Lucy Nethsingha is the party's group leader on Cambridgeshire County Council and represents Newnham ward on Cambridge City Council.

Voters went to the polls in the UK on Thursday, but as voting elsewhere in Europe takes place at the weekend, the count took place on Sunday.

Many EU citizens complained they were unable to vote because they had not filled in an extra form in time, or that they had been told by councils had not received it, prompting calls for an inquiry.

Councils declared their results individually, revealing how each city or district voted.

In Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, the Liberal Democrats were comfortable winners, reaffirming the areas as remain strongholds.

Labour was punished here as it was nationally, coming behind the Greens and Brexit Party in fourth place in Cambridge, while in South Cambridgeshire, Labour came sixth, falling behind the Brexit Party, the Greens, the Conservatives and Change UK.

South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, who quit the Tories and is now the interim leader of Change UK, will be disappointed by the new party's performance nationwide. In her constituency it fared a little better, with 3,906 votes - but that still left it trailing the the Lib Dems, Brexit Party, Greens and her former party.

The picture was different in East Cambridgeshire, where the Brexit Party came out on top. The district appears polarised, however, with the Lib Dems not far behind Nigel Farage's new party.

Results in Cambridgeshire


  • Brexit Party - 5,064
  • Change UK: The Independent Group - 1,323
  • Conservative and Unionist - 1,499
  • English Democrats - 83
  • Green Party - 9,408
  • Labour Party - 4,551
  • Liberal Democrats - 17,328
  • UKIP - 482
  • Attila Csordas (Independent) - 68
  • Rejected -124

Total votes: 39,930

Turnout: 48%

East Cambridgeshire

  • Brexit Party - 8,057
  • Change UK: The Independent Group - 933
  • Conservative and Unionist Party - 2,528
  • English Democrats - 114
  • Green Party - 3,408
  • Labour Party - 1,104
  • Liberal Democrats - 7,027
  • UK Independence Party - 667
  • Attila Csordas (Independent) - 57

Total votes: 24,025

Turnout: 38.2%

South Cambridgeshire

  • Brexit Party - 13,174
  • Change UK: The Independent Group - 3,906
  • Conservative and Unionist Party - 4,685
  • English Democrats - 214
  • Green Party - 8,351
  • Labour Party - 2,675
  • Liberal Democrats - 20,975
  • UK Independence Party - 1,018
  • Attila Csordas (Independent) - 102
  • Rejected - 346

Turnout: 48.31%

Turnout was highest in the East in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

Across the East:

  • the total electorate was 4,407,975
  • 1,603,017 votes were cast
  • there were 9,589 rejected votes
  • turnout was 36.37%

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