The Tories narrowly topped UKIP among Horsham voters at Thursday’s European elections.
Despite Nigel Farage’s party coming first nationwide with 27.47 per cent of the vote and 24 MEPs, the Conservatives polled 13,298 votes compared to UKIPs 12,488 in the Horsham Local Counting Area.
Meanwhile the Lib Dems, who lost ten of their 11 MEPs across the country, were beaten to third by the Green Party and nearly slipped into fifth place behind Labour.
Turnout in the area was higher than the national average at 37.29 per cent compared to 34.19 per cent.
Horsham is within the South East Region, which saw UKIP poll first, the Tories second, Labour third, the Greens fourth, and the Lib Dems fifth.
The South East MEPs elected:
Nigel Farage (UKIP)
Dan Hannan (Con)
Janice Atkinson (UKIP)
Nirj Deva (Con)
Anneliese Dodds (Lab)
Diane James (UKIP)
Richard Ashworth (Con)
Keith Taylor (Greens)
Catherine Bearder (LDems)
Ray Finch (UKIP)
Full Horsham area results:
Green Party: 3,352
Lib Dems: 3,335
An Independence from Europe: 595
English Democrats: 263
The Peace Party: 235
Christian Peoples Alliance: 214
British National Party: 196
The Socialist Part of Great Britain: 71
The Roman Party.AVE: 36
Harmony Party: 30
Liberty Great Britain: 26
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For reaction to the European election results see this Thursday’s County Times.