Liberal Democrats secure best ever European Election result in the party’s history, returning 16 MEPs to the European Parliament and taking second place in vote share (20.3%).
LIBDems and Greens pushed the Brexit Party into third place (17.4%) here in Brighton and Hove with Labour coming 4th (13%). The Conservatives took just 5.2% share of the vote in Brighton and Hove with Change UK taking 4.9% and UKIP 1%.
Local election agent Paul Chandler said: “Many thanks to all in the City who voted LibDem.
We realise that for some people this is the first time they have voted LibDem. Please, don’t make it the last!’
In the South East Region LibDems returned 3 MEPs on 26% of the vote. They secured 8% in 2014 and their previous best result was 15.3%.
Having run an unambiguous campaign to stop Brexit the party made huge gains across the country, which follows their best ever gains in English local election results at the start of May.
“We will always stand up for the people who have put their faith in us, taking this mandate forward to campaign harder than ever to stop Brexit.
“There is a clear lesson for Labour in tonight’s results: get off the fence. In trying to please everybody they have pleased nobody.
“With a Tory leadership contest increasing the risk of a “No Deal” Brexit, Britain can no longer tolerate an Opposition which ducks and dives on the biggest issue of the day.
“If you want to see an outward looking Britain, standing tall in the world with our European partners, and offering opportunity to everyone at home, there is no better moment to shape the future of our party and our politics, by joining the Liberal Democrats.”
This result is the first time Liberal Democrats have beaten both the Conservative and Labour Parties in a UK-wide election. The Liberal Party last achieved this 101 years ago.
For the first time the Lib Dems topped the poll in London, which they hope will send a clear message ahead of next year’s mayoral elections that they will be serious players.
This is the worst ever result for the Conservatives in a UK-wide election returning just 4 MEPs. In their previous worst performance in the European Elections they returned 26 MEPs.