LATEST NEWS: UKIP tops European election poll in Eastern region

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The UK Independence Party has come first in the European elections for the East of England region, which covers West Norfolk.

The results, which were announced a short time ago, saw UKIP poll almost 100,000 more votes than the Conservatives, who finished second.

Under the formula through which seats in the European Parliament are allocated, both UKIP and the Tories will have three of the region’s MEPs, with the other seat being retained by Labour’s Richard Howitt.

It has been another bad night for the Liberal Democrats, who have finished in fifth place, behind the Green Party, with around half the share of the vote that they recorded in 2009. Their former MEP, Andrew Duff, has lost his seat.

No official breakdown of the share of the West Norfolk has yet been released, although reports suggest that UKIP have finished first, ahead of the Conservatives.

It is also known that turnout in the borough was 35 per cent, slightly down on the 2009 elections, which coincided with Norfolk County Council elections.