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Newbury Liberal Democrat elected to the European Parliament

How West Berkshire voted

John Herring

John Herring


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Newbury Liberal Democrat elected to the EU

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

McMahon 54

Round 37

Turberville 30 

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.

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  • NWNThatcham

    28/05/2019 - 16:04

    Brilliant result for Remain. LibDem + Green = 43%; no-deal Brexit parties = 36%, It's been clear for a long time that West Berkshire is increasingly remain, this confirms it.


    • NewburyLad

      28/05/2019 - 20:08

      No, NWNThatcham, it doesn't. The Liberal Democrats VERY OWN leaflet states - (I would post the picture but this website cannot do that) so here goes - "Your Choice on 23rd May: Vote for Brexit Conservative, Labour, UKIP, or Brexit Party. Vote to stop Brexit Liberal Democrats Demand Better." So, to help you with the mathematics, you take the above quoted Conservative and Unionist Party 5,974, The Brexit Party 15,830, Labour Party 1,632 and UK Independence Party 883. You add those 4 numbers to get 24,319. Now take all the other 12 numbers (generously I am assuming all the independents were standing for Stop Brexit) and add them together and you get 22,256. So in simple terms, Remain = 22,256 (47.79%), Leave, 24,319 (52.21%). So the "Vote for Brexit" was clearly 2,063 more than the vote for "stopping Brexit". And almost the same as the 2016 Nationwide referendum result. Oh and if you're in any doubt, both Labour and Conservatives policies are still Leave as per their manifestos.


      • NWNThatcham

        29/05/2019 - 12:12

        The only party supporting no deal Brexit is the BP and UKIP. Maybe you should have read my comment.


        • NewburyLad

          29/05/2019 - 18:06

          Trust a Lib Dem to conveniently only pick and choose the groups to suit the total they want, conveniently comparing the Lib Dems with it no deal brexit (rather than leave) then go on to claim that it proves that remain has increased - when in reality, the remain vote compared to the leave vote has actually gone down since the referendum. In West Berks, remain was greater than leave in the referendum (bucking the national trend), but as I just showed above, the leave vote was greater than ALL the remain groups added together. So your clever breakdown doesn't confirm it.


  • NewburyLad

    27/05/2019 - 10:10

    Surprised and pleased to see the Brexit Party did better than the Lib Dems running on their "Stop Brexit" ticket. A reversal of the 2016 referendum result. Well done West Berkshire.