European Parliament Elections May 2014

Europeans went to the polls this week and here we look at the results and what they mean for the next legislature.

Here is the breakdown of the voting in the UK:

UKIP - 24 MEPS (27.50%)
Labour - 20 MEPS (25.40%)
Conservative - 19 MEPS (23.94%)
Greens - 3 MEPS (7.87%)
SNP - 2 MEPS (7.87%)
Lib Dems - 1 MEP (6.87%)
Plaid Cymru - 1 MEP (0.71%)
Sinn Fein - 1 MEP (n/a)
DUP - 1 MEP (n/a)
UUP - MEP (n/a)

Following the count, the following were returned as MEPs for each region:

EAST MIDLANDS (5 - total MEPs)
CON Emma McClarkin, Andrew Lewer
UKIP Roger Helmer, Margot Parker
LAB Glenis Wilmott

CON David Campbell Bannerman, Vicky Ford, Geoffrey Van Orden
UKIP Stuart Agnew, Tim Aker, Patrick O'Flynn
LAB Richard Howitt

LAB Claude Moraes, Mary Honeyball, Seb Dance, Lucy Anderson
CON Syed Kamall, Dr Charles Tannock
UKIP Gerard Batten
GRE Jean Lambert

LAB Paul Brannen, Jude Kirton-Darling
UKIP Jonathan Arnott

LAB Julie Ward, Afzal Khan, Theresa Griffin
UKIP Louise Bours, Paul Nuttall, Steven Woolfe
CON Jacqui Foster, Sajjad Karim

SFN Martina Anderson
DUP Diane Dodds
UUP Jim Nicholson

LAB Catherine Stihler, David Martin
SNP Alyn Smith, Ian Hudghton
CON Ian Duncan
UKIP David Coburn

UKIP Nigel Farage, Ray Finch, Janice Atkinson, Diane James
CON Richard Ashworth, Nirj Deva, Daniel Hannan
LAB Anneliese Dodds
LIB Catherine Bearder
GRE Keith Taylor

UKIP William Dartmouth, Julia Reid
CON Ashley Fox, Julie Girling
GRE Molly Scott Cato
LAB Clare Moody

CON Dr Kay Swinburne
LAB Derek Vaughan
PLC Jill Evans
UKIP Nathan Gill

UKIP Jim Carver, Bill Etheridge, Jill Seymour
CON Philip Bradbourn, Anthea McIntyre
LAB Neena Gill, Sion Simon

UKIP Jane Collins, Amjad Bashir, Mike Hooken
LAB Linda McAvan, Richard Corbett
CON Timothy Kirkhope

CON = Conservative, DUP = Democratic Unionist Party, LAB = Labour, LIB = Liberal Democrat, GRE = Greens, PLC = Plaid Cymru, SFN = Sinn Fein, SNP = Scottish National Party, UKIP = UK Independence Party, UUP = Ulster Unionist Party

The projected results for the Parliament as a whole:

Below are the projected totals for each of the current groups. The composition of the groups will be ratified at the opening session of the European Parliament on July 1st, in Strasbourg.

EPP 214
S&D 191
GRN 52
ECR 46
GUE 45
EFD 38

In addition to this 101 non-attached or 'others' will make up the numbers.

The parliament has 751 seats, of which the UK takes 73. The work of the MEPs is organised through groups. For example, the European People's Party (EPP), the centre-right group, currently looks set to top the polls with 214 MEPs. In order to form, groups require a minimum 25 MEPs from 7 different countries. 

Conservatives sit in the ECR Group, which was formed in 2009. We sit with, amongst others, the Polish Law and Justice Party and Czech Civic Democrats. The ECR comfortably achieved the minimum requirements, with other MEPs coming from Holland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia. Jim Nicholson, from the Ulster Unionists, forms part of the Conservative Delegation, in effect raising the number of from 19 to 20, level with the Labour Party.

In Germany, Angela Merkel's CDU topped the polls, but by a much smaller margin than last time. The CDU/CSU will take 34 MEPs to Brussels. The Social Democrats, who were second, will take 27.

Arguably the most shocking result happened in France. The extreme right Front National gained 25% of the vote, meaning they achieved their best ever result. Their delegation will comprise 24 MEPs. Former President Sarkozy's party, the UMP, came second.

The elections in Portugal, Spain and Italy saw big gains for anti-austerity socialist parties. In Holland, the Christian Democrats held off the challenge of Geert Wilder's far right Freedom Party to top the polls. 

Overall turnout for the elections was 43.09%.