UKIP win three Euro seats in Yorkshire

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)was the big winner at the European elections in Yorkshire.

Monday, 26th May 2014, 8:27 am
Leeds Town Hall was the centre of attraction last night (SUNDAY) as the count and declarations took place for the recent European elections held across the county. New UKIP MEPs pictured from left, Amjad Bashir, Mike Hookem and Jane Collins are cheered by their supporters.picture mike cowling may 25 2014

The party won half of the six available seats for the Yorkshire and the Humber region, up from its one representative at the last elections five years ago.

Elsewhere, Labour doubled its representation from one to two, while the Tories clinched the other seat - down from the two it won last time around.

The British National Party and Liberal Democrats were the other losers, losing the seats they held.

The MEPS elected in Yorkshire and the Humber are Jane Collins, Amjad Bashir and Mike Hookem for UKIP, Linda McAvan and Richard Corbett for Labour and Tory Timothy Kirkhope.

Jane Collins is a UKIP party organiser who unsuccessfully contested parliamentary by-elections in Barnsley Central in 2011 and Rotheram in 2012.

Mr Bashir, who was born in Pakistan, is chairman of a restaurant group while Mr Hookem is a former serviceman who came fourth in the Hull East parliamentary seat election in 2010.

Former local government worker Mrs McAvan, who is married to Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, has been an MEP for the region since 1998, while former civil servant and policy adviser Mr Corbett was previously an MEP from 1996 until he lost his seat at the last election in 2009.

Mr Kirkhope is a former Northumberland county councillor and Leeds MP who has been an MEP since 1999.