Euro-euphoric Liberal Democrats lose all but one seat, Labour just ahead of Tories
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) wins 27.5 percent of the vote in England and Wales and can send 23 MEPs to the European Parliament (up from 13). Labour finishes just ahead of the Tories with 25 percent of the vote. Both parties come to 18 mandates each. That is seven fewer seats for the Tories and five more for Labour. The euro-euphoric Liberal Democrats, who govern nationally with the Tories, lose all but one of their eleven MEPs with 7 percent of the vote, falling behind the two-strong Green Party, which now has three MEPs with 8 percent.
The result in Scotland is not expected until this afternoon because some of the Western Isles do not have payouts on Sunday. BBC predicts that the Scottish National Party and Labour will each win two seats, while the Tories and UKIP will each win one. The result from Northern Ireland will probably not be known until later. Here, the seats are generally won by religiously affiliated regional parties of various degrees of radicalism. If the predictions in the two parts of the country are confirmed, UKIP would be the first party to break the quasi-duopoly of Labour and the Tories and win a national election.