The Brexit Party has topped the poll in the European Elections for the East Midlands region, which includes Lincolnshire.
The results are:
Brexit Party - 452,321
Lib Dems - 203,989
Labour - 164,682
Cons - 126,138
Green - 124,630
UKIP - 58,198
Change UK - 41,117
Independent Network - 7,641
The top Brexit Party candidate for the East Midlands, Annunziata Rees-Mogg - who lives near Skegness - spoke to this newspaper from the regional count at Kettering.
She told us; “This is a monumental moment in British politics.
“Our results give us three MEPs which is a great result for The Brexit Party.
“It’s a brand new party and we started from absolutely nothing, but the disillusionment with all the big parties has helped us give a voice for what people, including those where I live in Lincolnshire, called for in the first place - a combination of democracy and delivering Brexit.
”We now have to get the Government to wake up, so we can leave Europe on October 31.”
Liberal Democtrats came second in the poll nationally and Lincolnshire’s seasoned MEP Bill Newton-Dunn took time out to comment: “I am very delighted to be back, again at the service of Lincolnshire people.
“It will be my seventh term representing Lincolnshire as their MEP.
“There are many problems for us to try to solve, including Climate Change and Brexit.
“I’m keen to hear everybody’s views and opinions.”
Five seats were allocated for the East Midlands and MEPs are:
• Brexit Party - Annunziata Rees-Mogg
• Brexit Party - Jonathon Bullock
• Lib Dems - William Newton-Dunn
• Labour - Rory Palmer
• Brexit Party - Matthew Patten
The count for East Lindsey got underway at Tedder Hall in Manby, near Louth, yesterday evening.
The overall turnout in East Lindsey for the European Elections was 35.17% (38,276 verified votes).
This compares with 31.28% for the local elections.
The result of the count in East Lindsey is:
Change UK – The Independent Group - 938
Conservative and Unionist Party - 4520
Green Party - 2509
Independent Network - 323
Labour Party - 2372
Liberal Democrats - 4208
The Brexit Party - 20454
UK Independence Party (UKIP) UKIP Make Brexit Happen 2543
Simon Louis Rood - Independent 155