RECAP: European Parliamentary Elections in 2019 - the results are in

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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019: South Somerset updates (refresh page for updates)

Voters across the EU have been voting from 23-26 May to elect more than 700 MEPs - members of the European Parliament.

MEPs represent more than 500 million EU citizens from 28 countries.

The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016 – and was expected to leave by 29 March 2019 – but UK politicians were unable.

The UK is legally obliged to take part in the elections as the was not agreed by 22 May.

South Somerset District Council is conducting the count of votes for the South Somerset district which will be added to the overall result for the South West.

You can see a list of those standing in the South West here.

MEPs are elected in order as listed by their party, based on the parties' total share of the vote in each region.


In the nine English regions, Wales and Scotland, the number of MEPs is calculated using a form of proportional representation known as the D'Hondt formula, a complex system devised by Belgian mathematician and lawyer Victor D'Hondt in the late 19th Century.

Voting verification was carried out in South Somerset overnight on Thursday.

A total of 51,351 votes were cast at 141 polling station with a turnout of 40.82%.

You can see the results for the European Elections in 2014 and 2009 here.

UPDATE:

South Somerset results:

Change UK - The Independent Group - 1,209

Conservative and Unionist Party - 4,633

English Democrats - 318

Green Party - 6,636

Labour Party - 1,608

Liberal Democrats - 13,006

The Brexit Party - 21,712

UKIP - 1,740

Maxey, Larch (IND) - 48

Rahman, Mothiur (IND) - 23

Seed, Neville (IND) - 78

Ballot papers rejected - 340

Valid votes - 51,011

Turnout - 40.82%

RESULTS FOR THE SOUTH WEST REGION:

Change UK - The Independent Group - 46,612

Conservative and Unionist Party - 144,674

English Democrats - 8,393

Green Party - 302,364

Labour Party - 108,100

Liberal Democrats - 385,095

The Brexit Party - 611,742

UKIP - 53,739

Maxey, Larch (IND) - 1,772

Rahman, Mothiur (IND) - 755

Seed, Neville (IND) - 3,383

ELECTED:

Ann Widdecombe (The Brexit Party)

James Glancy (The Brexit Party)

Christina Jordan (The Brexit Party)

Caroline Voaden (Liberal Democrat)

Martin Horwood (Liberal Democrat)

Molly Scott Cato (Green)

YOUR QUESTIONS:

How did you keep the ballots safe from Thursday to Sunday?

After the verification was concluded, the boxes were resealed and kept in the Council Chamber which was locked and could only be accessed by a limited number of election staff.

Why couldn't you announce the result of the vote on Thursday?

Results could not be declared until votes had concluded in all EU nations.

Is this the second referendum?

We've been asked this a few times. This vote is taking place to elect more than 700 MEPs - members of the European Parliament.

The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016 – and was expected to leave by 29 March 2019 – but UK politicians have been unable to agree an exit deal.

The UK is legally obliged to take part in the elections as the Withdrawal Agreement was not agreed by 22 May.

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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