LIVE results from the Wales count of the European Parliamentary Election
Updated 12:11am Monday 26th May 2014 in News
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- Western Telegraph reporters are at Fishguard Leisure Centre for the count of the 2014 European Parliamentary Elections. Keep it here for live updates.
All the candidates have now gone on to celebrate/drown their sorrows in the pubs of Fishguard.
That's all from us folks. For full details and reactions, read this week's Western Telegraph.
Jill Evans also retains her Plaid Cymru seat in Europe.
Kay Swinburne retains her European seat for the Conservatives
Nathan Gill is UKIP's new MEP
Derek Vaughan Labour MEP makes his speech.
Four MEPs are Derek Vaughan (Labour), Kay Swinburne (Conservatives), Jill Evans (Plaid) and new to the role Nathan Gill (UKIP).
Overall, Labour gained the most votes in Wales, with 206,332.
UKIP received 201,983 votes, Conservative 127,742 and Plaid 111,864.
Status quo remains across Wales - Labour, Conservative, UKIP and Plaid retain the four European Parliament seats.
9:40pm Sun 25 May 14
excellent service from Western Telegraph.
If the count had to be held in Pembrokeshire then PCC should have ensured proper wifi connections for the journalists - now the nation will know how behind the times Pembrokeshire is
Still pretty busy here in Fishguard as we await the final result for Wales.
Reaction from Jill Evans (Plaid Cymru MEP for Wales since 1999)
“We’ve got a vision and we’ve got plans.
“We will keep working. It’s not the end of this campaign at all.
“We’ve got excellent candidates for the elections coming up and we’ll be doing what we’ve been doing all year, which is knocking on people’s doors and listening to people.”
Members of the UKIP party celebrate a great set of results
Now just waiting to hear final overall results for Wales. Things look good for UKIP, although Labour and the Conservatives have claimed majority in some counties.
Reaction from Derek Vaughan (Labour Party MEP for Wales since 2009)
“The results aren’t finalised yet. It’s going to be very close to see who finishes first. If we do finish first there’s still an outside chance that we can get two seats.
“We knew at the start of the campaign that it was going to be difficult because of the voting system, and the fact that there are five parties going for all four seats.”
Labour beat UKIP in Newport by 10,648 votes to 10,376
Plaid Cymru has come first in Ceredigion, with UKIP in second place.
Just Newport's result to come.
UKIP candidate Nathan Gill told our reporter he is 'over the moon' with results so far. Says Pembrokeshire did not even have a local party at the last elections, but that local members have been working hard to campaign and have proven their worth in the results.
We're just waiting for the final results to come in across Wales.
.@JillEvansMEP arrives at the count in Fishguard as the county results are declared #EP2014 #Wales1st http://t.co/LmePjdLf1h— @Plaid_Cymru 25 May 2014
Just results for Conwy, Wrexham and Newport to come now
Candidates and agents leaving the hall. Wales announcement imminent.
UKIP gains continue across Wales, results so far see the party coming first or second in most counties.
Here at the declaration in Fishguard, a UKIP supporter started signing 'If you're happy and you know it, wave your sign.'— @adrianmasters84 25 May 2014
So Lib Dems now heading for 6th place in Welsh Euro elections.— @adrianmasters84 25 May 2014
Stephen Crabb MP results reaction:
"I'm very pleased that the Welsh Conservatives have won again in Pembrokeshire, but there's no question that the strong UKIP vote in the county sends a powerful message to all the parties here."
He added: "Clearly there are a lot of people out there who feel very strongly about issues such as immigration, the future of Europe and other key issues. It's incumbent on all politicians to listen to what people are saying at this election."
UKIP making huge gains across Wales. They have won in Powys and come second in Pembs, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
RT @ElinCeredigion: .@Plaid_Cymru comfortably top of the poll in Ceredigion with 35%, ukip 20%, Tories 13%, Libs 11%, Labour 10%, Greens 8%…— @LlyrGruffydd 25 May 2014
Regional Returning Officer for Wales, Bryn Parry Jones announcing the results
Results just in for Pembrokeshire http://t.co/jpXnvQpktp #EPE14— @Pembrokeshire 25 May 2014
Plaid have won the Carmarthenshire vote with 15,281, UKIP were second with 12,459, Labour 11,793, Tories 6,686, Green 1,889, Lib Dems 955.
RT @maitlis: pembrokeshire in wales shows UKIP 2nd on 28 % share of the vote. #vote2014— @chrisdeerin 25 May 2014
The Green Party polled 1444 and Lib Dems 879 in Pembrokeshire.
The share of the vote for Pembrokeshire between the top two parties was 29% for Conservatives to 28% UKIP.
Tories win Pembrokeshire very narrowly from UKIP. Tories tally 9250 to UKIP's 8965. Labour third with 6808. Plaid fourth with 3824.
RT @WalesPolitics: Result from Pembs BF 249, BNP 279 Conservatives 9250, Green 1444, Lab 6808, LD 879, No2Eu 95, PC 3824 Soc Lab 124 Soc Pa…— @charliebach 25 May 2014
Pembrokeshire result being declared now— @adrianmasters84 25 May 2014
@WelshConserv supporter just run up to me saying 'that i think we may have won in #Pembrokeshire ' #unconfirmed— @Fergalatron 25 May 2014
Tories denying UKIP claim they have Pembrokeshire— @ArgusDDeans 25 May 2014
We could be less than half an hour away from when Regional Returning Officer for Wales, Bryn Parry Jones announces the European Parliamentary Election results for Wales.
Local results cannot be announced before 10pm as this is the time that polls close in some parts of Europe.
The piles have all be sorted and some parties have clearly done better than others.
Labour AM Joyce Watson has said more needs to be done by all parties to educate people on how the European Parliament works for Wales.
She said Labour MEP Derek Vaughan has worked very hard in securing "more money for Wales" which has helped support a variety of projects in the community.
She is confident he will be re-elected tonight.
Paul Davies AM anxiously awaits the results
Counters are flying in Fishguard
Western Telegraph reporter Joanna Sayers chats to Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson
Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies at the count
Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb with Conservative Party candidate Dan Boucher
'UKIP does not have long-term answers' Conservative MP Stephen Crabb tells Western Telegraph reporter Ceri Coleman-Phillips.
Mr Crabb added that he is confident Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne will be re-elected this year.
Voter turn-out in Pembrokeshire this year was 35 per cent, this is up from 33.3 per cent in 2009.
Standing for The Socialist Party of Great Britain are:
Standing for the Socialist Labour Party are:
David Lloyd Jones
Standing for NO2EU are:
Robert David Griffiths
Standing for Britain First are:
Paul Anthony Golding
Anthony Clifford Golding
Christine Beryl Smith
Anne Marie Elstone
Standing for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) are:
Nathan Lee Gill
Caroline Yvonne Jones
David John Rowlands
Standing for the British National Party are:
Standing for the Green Party are:
Standing for Plaid Cymru are:
Standing for the Conservative Party are:
Aled Wyn Davies
Richard Howard Hopkin
Standing for the Liberal Democrats are:
Standing for the Labour Party are:
Christina Elizabeth Rees
Counters begin the sort at Fishguard Leisure Centre
Scenes from Fishguard Leisure Centre
Labour AM Joyce Watson says tonight's result is important for everyone in Wales. EU not just about bendy bananas, she says, also vital for workers' and maternity rights.
Votes for Pembrokeshire were verified on Thursday night.
Tonight ballot papers will be separated into political parties, and then the count will start.
People across Wales went to the polls on Thursday.
35% of those eligible to vote cast their ballot in Pembrokeshire.
That is slightly higher than the Welsh average of 32%.
The count will decide which four politicians will represent Wales in the European Parliament.
Each of the 22 local authority areas are conducting their own count tonight, with the Regional Returning Officer for Wales, Bryn Parry Jones announcing the result in Fishguard after 10pm.
The count is expected to start at 7pm.
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