European elections: UKIP vote more than doubles across Amber Valley

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UKIP more than doubled its share of the vote in Amber Valley at the Euopean elections.

The party received 11,590 votes from across the borough, compared to 5,556 when the elections were last held in 2009.

Across the East Midlands, UKIP polled 70,000 votes more than their nearest rivals, the Conservatives. Labour came third, the Green Party fourth and the Liberal Democrats plunged to fifth.

That now means the East Midlands has the following make-up of MEPs: Two UKIP, two Conservative and one Labour.

They are Roger Helmer (UKIP), Emma McClarkin (Con), Glenis Willmott (Lab), Margot Parker (UKIP) and Andrew Lewer (Con).

Turnout in the East Midlands was 33.3per cent, down from 37.4 per cent at the last European elections in 2009.

The full voting picture for Amber Valley was: An Independence from Europe - 748; BNP - 841; Conservatives - 9,662; English Democrats - 393; Greens - 1,983; Harmony - 59; Labour - 9,359; Liberal Democrats - 1,318; UKIP - 11,590.