As it happened: European Election 2014 Wales result

Key Points

  • Labour, UKIP, Conservatives and Plaid win a seat each
  • Labour top the voting poll but only 0.6% in front of UKIP
  • UKIP claims of gaining ground in Wales materialise
  • Disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats
  • In Wales the turn out of voters on Thursday was 32%
  • A total of 11 parties fielded candidates in Wales

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    Good evening and welcome to BBC Wales' live coverage of the European election 2014. We will bring you the latest from the results centre in Fishguard. You can, of course, get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Email.

     
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    21:01:

    A reminder of what happened in the 2009 European election in Wales - the Conservatives topped the poll came top with 21.2% of the vote, with Labour on 20.3%, Plaid Cymru on 18.5% and UKIP on 12.3%. Each party won one seat each; the Liberal Democrats trailed on 10.7%, and the Greens got 5.6%. You'd get long odds on the parties finishing in that order tonight.

     
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    Other things to keep an eye out for include Plaid Cymru's performance - if they lose their European seat it will be a big blow to the party.

    The Conservatives are hoping for a decent showing - including keeping their Welsh seat - that will give a pointer to how they might perform in next year's General Election. And amid all the excitement it's worth checking how the Greens are getting on; it's unlikely they'll win a seat but they'll be aiming to finish ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

     
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    21:06:

    Political correspondent Tomos Livingstone says: Plenty of things to watch out for tonight - not least whether Labour can top the poll having lost to the Conservatives in 2009. But the challenge this time comes from UKIP; they're hoping to prove they can win votes in Wales just as successfully as they have done in England.

     
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    Pembrokeshire County Council tweets: Results will not be declared before 10pm and an all Wales result will be declared once all the regional results are in #EPE14

     
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    21:11:

    Other things to keep an eye out for include Plaid Cymru's performance - if they lose their European seat it will be a big blow to the party.

    The Conservatives are hoping for a decent showing - including keeping their Welsh seat - that will give a pointer to how they might perform in next year's General Election. And amid all the excitement it's worth checking how the Greens are getting on; it's unlikely they'll win a seat but they'll be aiming to finish ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

     
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    21:14:

    The BBC's Mark Hutchings tweets: Nothing much to add at the moment just thrilled I've managed to get back in to the iffy wifi at the Welsh results hub.

     
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    21:17:
    Carl Roberts

    The BBC's Carl Roberts mid-way through a two-way for Newyddion Naw live from the results centre in Pembrokeshire.

     
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    21:24:
    Fishguard leisure centre

    The view from the podium where the results will be announced sometime over the next few hours once counting has finished.

     
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    21:30:
    Pembs huddle to check spoilt papers.  #everyvotecounts.

    BBC Wales Politics tweets: Pembs huddle to check spoilt papers. #everyvotecounts.

     
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    21:34:
    Behind the scene

    Behind the scenes... inside the BBC Wales satellite truck which will broadcast the result to the rest of Wales later tonight.

     
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    21:38:

    BBC Politics tweets: Unsure what European elections are all about? Our #EP2014 guide explains http://bbc.in/1w4cMNW

     
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    21:40:

    We may not have to wait too long for a result tonight. We're hearing they've finished counting in some areas already. But nothing can be declared until 2200 - parts of the EU are still voting.

     
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    21:44:

    The turnout across Wales was 32%, slightly higher than the previous election in 2009, but still far below the turnout for previous elections in Wales for the European Parliament. The best turnout was Anglesey with 38%, and the lowest Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil with 27%.

     
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    21:48:
    Count at Merthyr

    Counting in every local authority across Wales had to be under way by 19:00 BST at the latest. Here's the team in Merthyr Tydfil.

     
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    21:54:

    Carl Roberts tweeted this Vine video: Behind the scenes at an election count #fishguard #euroelections https://vine.co/v/MwFIt2apnW1

     
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    21:56:

    There's a huge amount of speculation on social media about what's happening in Wales, which we haven't been able to share with you until now. The rules say we have to wait until the polls close across the EU at 2200 until we can talk about what we're hearing from around Wales. But we're nearly there. Stand by...

     
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    22:00:

    Carl Roberts tweets: Good to see the rosetted ones watching @BBCNews for the latest #europeanelections news in #fishguard pic.twitter.com/tyIuKc0abV

    Candidates around a television screen
     
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    22:00:

    Here we go then - it looks as if UKIP has performed well across Wales. The question is: have they done well enough to finish first?

     
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    22:04:

    Plaid Cymru's press officer Carl J Harris tweets: Carmarthenshire result sent through to Fishguard. Awaiting all clear to announce results....Watch this space...

     
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    22:05:

    Political editor Nick Servini says: "Lib Dem sources indicate that UKIP has taken Wrexham with Labour second."

     
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    22:07:

    Political editor Nick Servini says: "Lib Dems admit it's going to be a rough night and say they've come sixth in Bridgend after the Greens."

     
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    22:09:

    Mark Hutchings tweets: Could Ukip save Plaid's bacon? By coming a close second, they could stop Labour picking up a second seat at the expense of Plaid. #keepup

     
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    22:11:

    BBC Wales Politics tweets: Result from Pembs BF 249, BNP 279 Conservatives 9250, Green 1444, Lab 6808, LD 879, No2Eu 95, PC 3824 Soc Lab 124 Soc Party GB 40 UKIP 8965

     
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    22:18:

    Monmouth results: Conservative 7,969 UKIP 6757 Labour 4,746 Plaid Cymru 1,504 Greens 1,490 Lib Dem 1,036

     
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    22:19:

    Nick Servini says: "The Tories have narrowly beaten UKIP in Pembrokeshire. Labour have won in Neath Port Talbot with around 14,000 votes. UKIP got around 9,000."

     
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    22:19:

    Caerphilly result - Labour 14,253, UKIP 11,809, Plaid 5,392 and Tories 3,434

     
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    22:20:

    Plaid win Carmarthenshire and UKIP beat Labour to come second.

     
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    22:22:

    It already looks like a very good night for UKIP - but have they done enough to top the poll? It looks as if they might fall short, but there are still plenty of results to come.

     
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    22:23:

    Flintshire - UKIP win with 11,800 - Labour on 10, 121, Conservatives 7,538 and Plaid Cymru 2,947

     
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    22:25:

    Labour win Cardiff with 24,999. UKIP second 18,370 and Tories third with 15,297 says political editor Nick Servini

     
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    22:26:

    Ynys Mon result: Plaid Cymru 6,609, UKIP 5,201, Labour 3,055 and Conservatives 2,715

     
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    22:28:

    Denbighshire result - another win for UKIP with 6,563. Conservatives on 5,989, Labour 5,387 and Plaid Cymru 3,944

     
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    22:29:

    Ceredigion AM Elin Jones tweets: @Plaid_Cymru comfortably top of the poll in Ceredigion with 35%, ukip 20%, Tories 13%, Libs 11%, Labour 10%, Greens 8% #greatresult

     
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    22:30:

    Bridgend result: Labour win with 10,949. UKIP second with 8726. Conservatives on 4,612

     
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    22:31:
    Leanne Wood

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood awaiting results in Fishguard.

     
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    22:36:

    Plaid clear winners in Gwynedd with 12,720 and UKIP second with 5,780 says political editor Nick Servini

     
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    22:36:

    In Merthyr Labour win with 4,631 and UKIP are second with 3,995

     
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    22:36:

    Political editor Nick Servini says: "Some extraordinary performances from UKIP, even in the valleys where they've pushed Labour hard in places like Merthyr."

     
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    22:36:

    A result from Torfaen - Labour 7,183, UKIP 6,569, Conservatives on 2,799 and Plaid Cymru 1,628

     
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    22:37:

    Roger Scully from the Wales Governance Centre tweets: Decent, though not outstanding result for Plaid in Ynys Mon; UKIP a very strong second.

     
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    22:39:
    Jill Evans

    BBC Wales Politics tweets: Plaid candidate Jill Evans has arrived - looking very worried.

     
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    22:43:

    Ceredigion: Plaid Cymru 7,139, UKIP 4,138, Conservatives 2,698, Liberal Democrats 2,332, Labour 2,110.

     
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    22:43:

    Roger Scully tweets: Probably about to make an ass of myself, but it's looking to me more like 1 Lab, 1 UKIP, 1 Con and 1 Plaid here in Wales.

     
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    22:44:

    In Cardiff: Labour have won with UKIP coming in second place and the Tories third.

     
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    22:48:

    The picture's starting to look clearer across Wales. It looks like UKIP, Labour, Conservatives and Plaid Cymru will win one seat each but it's very tight, and it's far from clear who's going to top the poll. But a final result isn't far away.

     
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    22:49:

    Rhondda Cynon Taf result - Labour 19,579, UKIP 13, 471, Plaid Cymru 9,748 and Conservatives 3,890

     
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    22:51:
    UKIP supporters

    UKIP supporters sing in joy - "if you're happy and you know it, wave your sign" - as the results appeared on the screens in the results centre in Fishguard.

     
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    22:53:

    Wrexham - UKIP win, Labour second.

     
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    22:53:

    South Wales Argus politics reporter David Deans tweets: Candidates and agents have been called in...just three results left

     
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    22:54:
    Jill Evans

    Plaid Cymru tweets: .@JillEvansMEP arrives at the count in Fishguard as the county results are declared #EP2014 #Wales1st

     
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    22:54:

    Vale of Glamorgan result - UKIP 9,577, Conservatives 9,190, Labour 7,926 and Plaid Cymru 3,484.

     
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    22:56:

    Blaenau Gwent: Labour win with 6,621, UKIP second with 4,300 votes, Plaid take 1164 and Tories 883

     
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    22:57:

    The result is imminent.

     
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    22:57:

    Newport result - Labour 10,648, UKIP 10, 376, Conservatives 5,804, Plaid Cymru 1,661.

     
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    23:02:

    Sources reveal one seat won by each party. Labour win by 0.2% with 28.8% of the votes, UKIP 28.6%, Conservatives 17.5%, Plaid 15.6% .

     
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    23:08:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Labour, UKIP, the Tories and Plaid Cymru have all won one Welsh seat in the European elections, exactly the same as last time - but that's where the similarities with 2009 end.

    Five years ago it was the Tories on top of the poll, a shock for Labour and a low point in that party's fortunes. This time Labour are back on top, but only just; UKIP were only 0.2% behind.

    The result has big implications for Welsh politics - it's more and more difficult now to argue, as some have done, that Wales is somehow immune to the Euro-sceptic trends seen across the border in England.

     
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    23:11:

    Welsh Conservatives tweets: .@AndrewRTDavies "I'm delighted Kay Swinburne has been returned to the European Parliament to continue working hard for Wales." @ewrop2014

     
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    23:17:

    All regional results are now in.

     
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    23:21:

    Pembrokeshire council publishes full voting breakdown.

     
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    23:23:

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood tweets: Da iawn a llongyfarchiadau @JillEvansMEP / Congrats Jill - @Plaid_Cymru retains seat in European Parliament. Well done team.

     
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    23:29:

    Spare a thought for the Liberal Democrats - it looks as if they might have won less than 4% of the vote in Wales, behind the Greens.

     
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    23:36:

    Regional returning officer for Wales Bryn Parry Jones confirms a European seat each for Labour, UKIP, Conservatives and Plaid.

     
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    23:37:

    It's official - Labour win 28.7% of the votes, UKIP 28.1%, Conservatives 17.8% and Plaid 15.6%.

     
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    23:41:

    Actual numbers - Labour 206,332; UKIP 201,983; Conservatives 127,742; Plaid Cymru 111,864; Greens 33,275; Liberal Democrats 28,929; BNP 7,789.

     
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    23:49:

    Labour will be pleased to be back on top of the poll but they were still some 16,000 votes short of getting the second seat the desperately wanted. The gap between them and UKIP in second place - 0.6% rather than 0.2% as we originally thought - was too close for comfort.

    The party will reflect that a low turnout in some of its heartland areas will have damaged its prospects. It will also want to reflect on the strong UKIP performances in places like Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, Newport and Merthyr.

     
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    23:53:

    UKIP topped the poll in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham - there's little doubt that the North Wales region is the party's best chance of getting its first AM elected in the 2016 assembly elections.

    It was also first in Powys and in the Vale of Glamorgan - that'll worry the Conservatives as they defend Montgomeryshire and the Vale of Glamorgan in next year's General Election.

     
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    00:00:

    Labour's Derek Vaughan said he was delighted the party had topped the poll in Wales but sorry that they could not win a second seat. He was also disappointed by the turnout: "The turnout of 32% is not exactly brilliant. It's our job to explain the benefits that Wales gets from the EU. We have to re-engage with voters and explain the benefits of EU membership. To coin a phrase, we're all in this together."

     
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    00:01:

    UKIP's Nathan Gill said his party had engaged with the public in Wales and had managed to get UKIP's message across: "Britain will be better off when we leave the EU."

     
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    00:01:

    Conservative Kay Swinburne said engagement with the public was an issue: "We have to raise the profile of what the EU is about and what MEPs do for the day job."

     
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    00:01:

    Plaid Cymru's Jill Evans said she wanted to thank the people of Wales "for trusting Plaid Cymru for being a strong voice in Europe for the next five years".

     
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    00:07:

    So while the representation of Wales in Europe has not changed, the political dynamic certainly has. UKIP, it seems, is now a force to be reckoned with here in Wales as well as England. With that we bring our live coverage of the European election results to a close. Thanks for your company and good night.

     

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