Labour rejoices at European elections success in London
Party doubles its MEPs in the capital to four as Lib Dems lose their only London representative.
Labour is celebrating after doubling the number of its London MEPs a result which is likely to edge the party past the Tories into second place overall across the UK.
Four Labour candidates were returned shortly after 3am after a marathon wait thanks to the borough of Tower Hamlets taking so long to count its votes.
The lone London Liberal Democrat MEP lost the seat she has held since 1999, the Conservatives lost one of their three MEPs, while Ukip and Greens retained a single seat each.
The long-serving Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford said she did not blame Nick Clegg’s leadership for the party’s catastrophic election result, which has left it with just one MEP.
“I think there is only a minority – a couple of hundred people who have signed this petition [calling for Clegg to stand down]. Of course it wasn’t Nick Clegg’s fault – the whole party has to take whatever responsibility it has to take.”
Labour’s London result – in which it won 37% and beat the Tories by a massive 310,000 votes – pushed the Conservatives into third place nationally in the European elections.
The Conservatives won 22% in London against Ukip’s 17%, followed by the Greens on 9% and the Lib Dems on 7%.
Re-elected Tory MEP Syed Kamall said: “We are a party of government and it’s one year before an election so you actually expect people to give you a bit of a kicking but … you will see that our vote has actually held up nationally.”