Fenland Euro analysis: Where two thirds didn’t vote, almost half of those who did put X against UKIP
Whilst the Conservative vote in Fenland for the Euro elections mirrored that of the rest of the East Anglia, UKIP’s performance locally was substantially higher.
Analysis of the votes shows that in Fenland, where UKIP returned five of the 11 county councillors last year, they polled almost one in every two votes locally for the European Parliament.
In Fenland UKIP’s share of the vote on Thursday was 47.3 per cent compared to 34 per cent across the whole of the eastern region.
Meanwhile the Conservatives 28.8 per cent of the votes in Fenland was the same percentage as they achieved across the whole of East Anglia.
Individual district results show that in Fenland the turn out was 33.3 per cent compared to an average turn out across the east of 36.2 per cent.
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FULL FENLAND RESULTS
*An Independence from Europe: 477
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*Christian Peoples Alliance: 124
*English Democrats: 322
*Lib Dem: 778
Patrick O’Flynn, UKIP’s new MEP said: “Voters in the east, as in the rest of the UK, are concerned about open door migration, about pressure on green field land and about living standards - but they also wanted to give the other parties a bloody nose and we have to recognise UKIP was a convenient vehicle for that.”
Labour MEP Richard Howitt said his party had seen a big increase in vote “but we must acknowledge the concerns that UKIP has tapped into - we do not reject those concerns but we do reject the prescription offered by UKIP, we say that Farage is a mirage”.