UKIP gained more votes in the East of England than anywhere else in the UK – but new figures show that the Tories still top the table in Dacorum.
Although the borough’s votes were combined with those from the rest of the region to elect seven MEPs, new figures show the breakdown of the vote.
They show that UKIP got 11,102 votes in Dacorum – 14.7 per cent more than in 2009.
But the Tories still did better, gaining 11,688 votes – 32.3 per cent share of the borough’s vote to UKIP’s 30.7 per cent.
Coming in a poor third place was the Labour party, which got just 5,849 votes in Dacorum – amounting to 16.2 per cent of the ballot.
Meanwhile, echoing what happened in the over-all eastern region – which covers six counties, including Herts – Dacorum gave more votes to the Greens than the Lib Dems.
The Lib Dems got 2,977 votes – 8.2 per cent of the ballot, while the Greens got 3,222 – 8.9 per cent.
The BNP got just 247 votes – despite organising a recent protest against a possible mosque in Hemel Hempstead. This amounted to less than one per cent of Dacorum’s ballot.
The English Democrats got 306 votes and An Independence from the EU got 469 votes – both of which amounted to a tiny fraction of the overall turnout in Dacorum.
After being combined with the rest of the votes from the eastern region, one Labour, three UKIP and three Tory MEPs were elected to represent our region.
Stepping into his new role on Sunday, south London-based O’Flynn said: “Ladies and gentleman, I think the political earthquake that UKIP promised is under way tonight – and particularly in the eastern region.”