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- Follow our live updates as Bolton's votes in the north west European election are counted and announced at Manchester Town Hall tonight.
- 8 MEPs will be elected to represent Bolton and the rest of the north west in the European parliament.
- The current make up of the north west region is: Conservative 3, Labour 2, Liberal Democrat 1, BNP 1.
- 73 MEPs will be announced tonight to represent the whole of the UK at the parliament, which has 754 seats in total.
- The voting system is proportional - unlike the first-past-the-post system used in UK general and council elections.
That's all from me folks - I'm going to chase down a few more politicoswhich means returning to the black hole that is Manchester's council chamber. Thanks to everyone who followed - I'll try and tweet some more @BNelaineoflynn if you'd care to join me. Good night, don't let the bed bugs bite!
Nationally it's looking like UKIP will top the polls
Disappointed we have not got a Tory MEP in the NW who wants us out of Europe.— @CllrBobAllen 26 May 2014
So the north west's new MEPs are...
Labour: Theresa Griffin, Afzal Khan and Julie Ward
UKIP: Paul Nuttall, Louise Bours, Steven Woolfe
Conservatives: Jacqueline Foster, Sajjad Karin
To recap, Labour won overall with 594,063. UKIP second with 481,932, then Conservatives 351,985. Greens 123,075, Lib Dems 105,487— @BNelaineoflynn 26 May 2014
Paul Nuttall speaking now: "The age of four party politics has arrived"— @BNelaineoflynn 26 May 2014
Nick Griffin jeering Theresa Griffin - "We will be back"— @BNelaineoflynn 26 May 2014
... as do the BNP. Theresa Griffin speaking: 'Ladies and gentlemen, the BNP have left the building'— @BNelaineoflynn 26 May 2014
Results are in: Labour 3 MEPs, UKIP 3 MEPs and Conservatives 2 MEPs. Lib Dems lose their seat— @BNelaineoflynn 26 May 2014
Here we go, results are in! (Sorry for the delay, great wifi issues)
One of the press ladies has said we're expecting the full announcement for the north west in 10 minutes. Time to go!
Internet in Manchester Town Hall is infuriating! So here are the. Bury results:
An Independence From Europe: 769
Conservative Party: 11975
English Democrats: 685
Green Party: 3080
Liberal Democrats: 2135
Pirate Party: 251
Socialist Equality Party: 101
Rejected ballots: 301
Getting a few more Greater Manchester results, and some reaction to the count in Bolton soon
So reassuring news for Labour in Bolton, and a great result for the Greens. Conservatives may be disappointed with that, as UKIP comfortably in second
Euro election result for @boltoncouncil area - well done to the excellent staff who undertook the count so well! http://t.co/hetTLA9JMV— @Seanharriss 25 May 2014
English Democrats got 826, Pirate Party got 289, NO2EU 186 and Socialist Equality Party 134
BNP received 1574 votes in Bolton, while An Independence From Europe got 1,124
Conservatives come third with 13,696 votes, followed by the Greens with 3,486. Liberal Democrats now fifth with 2,290
Breaking news: results have come in for Bolton. Labour have come top with 25,608, followed closely by UKIP with 22,983
Also hearing that Griffin was punched twice and jabbed with a walking stick (!!) as he entered the Town Hall, before protestors were pulled back by police
RT @daraobriain: Best thing about Nick Griffin no longer being an MEP is that I had completely forgotten he was one, and he never had any e…— @charliebeeman 25 May 2014
Been reported that Nick Griffin has conceded defeat - he is no longer an MEP in the north west, according to sources
Griffin looking pretty smug as he entered the Town Hall. Chances are he's going out tonight, but think he's enjoying his last hooray.
Nick Griffin arriving at Manchester Town Hall http://t.co/OfH1sCzcKG— @BNelaineoflynn 25 May 2014
Nick Griffin's arrived - silence over the chatty chamber
Rumours that Nick Griffin is on his way. Photographers getting excited.
Everyone is beginning to mill about in the main chamber, hoping we're going to get some results soon. There's a great buzz this evening
Waiting for the ok to announce the @boltoncouncil votes in the Euro Elections !!— @Seanharriss 25 May 2014
Ms Foster also said the Labour party haven't performed as well as she expected a year before the general election. "If I was a Labour candidate I would not be very happy", she said. "This part of the cycle, with the tough decisions we have had to make, I would have certainly expected to see Labour doing better."
"To those voters who have supported us, I give them all credit because they know we have got the right plan", she said.
Been speaking with Tory MEP Jacqueline Foster, who is re-standing for her seat. She said she hasn't been complacent with her campaign, and that she expects the UKIP vote will come more from Labour voters, not traditional Conservatives.
Some of the police officers have ordered pizza. The smell is INCREDIBLE. If you're interested, they ordered Papa Johns (other takeaways are available)
People have been counting the ballot papers since 5pm, will papers coming in from all over Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and of course Greater Manchester
Coming into the Town Hall tonight there was a vocal group of anti-BNP protestors. It's widely expected that Nick Griffin will lose his MEP seat tonight, and so far there's no sign of him
(This is a bit lower that the turnout in Bolton, which was knocking around the 37% mark)
We've already got a few details about the turnout. There were 1,773,296 verified ballot papers, making a turnout of 33.66%
I'm currently in the media room where the best and brightest of the north west media have assembled to see what representatives the region will be sending to the European Parliament
... and I'm very thankful that update sent!!
Evening all, sorry for the slow start - been having some technical issues. I'm not ready and raring to go with all the excitement as it happens!
Good evening everyone. I'll be bringing you all the action from the count at Manchester Town Hall tonight, which will be just as exciting, if not more so, than Thursday night's local elections results. Join us.