UKIP achieved 32% share of the votes and gained 2 MEPs in the South East.
Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats lost 1 seat each. There was no change for the Greens and Labour, they maintained 1 MEP each.
Turnout in the South East Region was 36.46%.
There are 10 MEPs representing the South East Region. The following candidates have been elected:
Key: Number of MEPs (+/- number of seats) % share of vote
4 UKIP (+2) 32.14%:
Nigel Farage (re-elected)
3 Conservative (-1) 30.95%:
Dan Hannan (re-elected)
Nirj Deva (re-elected)
Richard Ashworth (re-elected)
1 Labour (0) 14.66%:
1 Green (0) 9.05%:
Keith Taylor (was appointed to replace Caroline Lucas in 2010)
1 Liberal Democrat (-1) 8.04%:
Catherine Bearder (re-elected)
In the Wealden district – UKIP received 1,600 more votes than the Conservative Party. Labour performed less well in Wealden compared to the share of votes across the whole of the South East Region:
UKIP: 16,633 or 37.42% (+5.28 percentage points higher compared to South East Region)
Conservatives: 15,000 or 33.74% (+2.79)
Greens: 4,042 or 9.09% (+0.04)
Labour: 3,643 or 8.20% (-6.46)
Liberal Democrats: 3,101 or 6.98% (1.06)
Although the share of votes in Wealden has some considerable differences, the same MEPs would have been elected as for the whole of the South East Region.
You can see how all the parties performed in Wealden here.
Peter Griffiths, the UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wealden, said in response to UKIPs success in Wealden:
I am delighted that the hard work of our election team paid off with this historic win. It is now our job to consolidate and improve on this vote. It is clear that a vote for UKIP is not a vote for Labour, but a vote for control of our borders, managed immigration and a host of other policies that the electorate wants. I would like to thank all those who voted for us and to assure them that UKIP will continue to represent their views and concerns to an increasingly remote Westminster and Brussels
MEPs are elected under a proportional representation system. Each party puts forward a list of candidates called a ‘regional list’. The parties are then allocated a number of MEPs according to their share of the vote in the South East Region. To see the number of votes cast for each of the 15 parties which stood see the Declaration of Results (pdf). The new MEPs will take office after the summer recess. The list of current MEPs can be found here.
For more analysis see the BBC website.
The last elections were held in 2009. In 2009 UKIP elected 2 MEPs, but in 2013 Marta Andreasen defected to the Conservative Party (giving the Tories 5 MEPs for the remainder of the parliament).
If a MEP dies or retires there is no by-election – the next candidate on the party list is invited to take their place for the rest of the parliament. This happened in 2010 when Caroline Lucas stood down to become an MP for Brighton Pavillion and was replaced by Keith Taylor as Green MEP. Keith Taylor was elected in his own right on Sunday.