European Election Result in Bury

After a lengthy counting procedure last night held at the town’s Castle Leisure Centre the results of the European Election in the Borough of Bury were announced just before midnight.
The full result was
Conservative 14244
Labour 9323
UKIP 7372
Liberal Democrat 5740
BNP 3994
Green 3454
English Democrat 1529
Socialist Labour Party 680
Christian Party 678
No2EU:Yes to democracy 647
Jury Team 249
Pro democracy: 198
Francis Apaloo ( independent) 100
There were 247 votes rejected for various reasons.
So there was a Conservative majority in Bury of 4,921. The turnout was considerably lower than when these elections were last held in 2004. The turnout then was 47.8% whereas on Thursday the turnout was 34.2%. Other than a general disenchantment with politics and politicians I think this reduction in turnout can also be attributed to the fact that in 2004 the European elections coincided with the local elections in Bury when because of boundary changes all 51 seats were up for election and the election was conducted solely by postal voting.
Across the North West three Conservative M.E.P.’s were elected, two for Labour and one each for UKIP, Liberal Democrats and BNP