Mon, 27 May 2019
Former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Newbury, Judith Bunting, has been elected to the European Parliament.
Ms Bunting, who fought the 2015 and 2017 general elections, was elected alongside Lib Dem colleagues Catherine Bearder and Anthony Hook for the south east of the UK.
The south east contributes 10 seats to the UK's 73 in the European Parliament.
The Brexit Party had four MEPs elected, including party leader Nigel Farage, Robert Rowland, Belinda De Camborne Lucy and Alexandra Phillips.
The Green Party took one seat through their candidate Alexandra Phillips. Conservative candidate Daniel Hannan and Labour's John Howarth took the remaining seats.
Turn out in the south east was 39.36 per cent, an increase on 2014's 35.4 per cent.
In West Berkshire The Brexit Party took a 34 per cent share of the vote, closely followed by the Lib Dems 30 per cent.
The Greens came third with 12.9 per cent, beating the Conservatives' 12.8 per cent. Change UK finished ahead of Labour with 4.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively, while UKIP took 1.9 per cent of the vote.
The results for West Berkshire, announced last night, were:
Change UK - The Independent Group 1,948
Conservative and Unionist Party 5,974
Green Party 6,029
Labour Party 1,632
Liberal Democrats 13,981
The Brexit Party 15,830
The Socialist Party of Great Britain 59
UK European Union Party 118
UK Independence Party 883
The turnout was 39.30 per cent.
There were 208 rejected ballots, 50 for voting for more candidates than the voter was entitled to and 158 for being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty.
For more reaction, see Thursday's Newbury Weekly News.