Election 2014: European election count due to start
PUBLISHED: 15:54 25 May 2014 | UPDATED: 19:31 25 May 2014
Counting of votes in the European election is due to start at 5pm across the country – but the first results will not be declared until the polls in the rest of Europe have closed at 10pm.
The turnout across the region was down on the last European Parliament election at just 36.2% – a 1.5% drop on 2009. In 2009 the Conservatives won three MEPs in the East of England, UKIP won two, with Labour and the LibDems claiming one each.
A national poll has predicted that UKIP will win the European elections and the LibDems will be left back in fifth place.
The prediction, based on a poll of 6,124 adults over the last two days by YouGov for The Sun, is that Nigel Farage’s party will gain most votes with 27%, despite him being involved in a number of controversies in the lead up to election day.
Labour is projected to come second with 26%, the Tories third with 22% of the vote, followed by the Greens on 10% and the LibDems with 9%.
The poll suggests that UKIP and Labour will both have 22 MEPs, an increase of nine each on the last elections in 2009.
The Conservatives are expected to get 16 of the 70 European Parliament seats being voted on in England, Scotland and Wales, 10 fewer than before, while the Greens will get four – an increase of two.
The LibDems are expected to lose eight, leaving them with just three MEPs, while the far-right BNP will lose both its MEPs, the poll predicts.
We shall be covering the count as it unfolds from 9pm on this website. We hope results will be declared between 10pm and 11pm, but we could have to wait until the early hours of Monday morning for the full results.