Brexit Party romp to victory in European elections
PUBLISHED: 00:10 27 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:23 29 May 2019
The Brexit Party is celebrating major success in the European elections in the South West, as the Conservatives and UKIP suffered heavy losses.
Nigel Farage's newly-formed political group - promising to get the UK out of the European Union (EU) after almost three years of failed negotiations - won three of the six MEP seats up for grabs.
Ann Widdecombe, James Glancy and Christina Jordan will represent The Brexit Party in Brussels.
Remain-supporting Liberal Democrats performed much better than in 2014, securing two MEPs too, with Caroline Voaden and Martin Horwood being elected.
The remaining MEP spot went to the Green Party's Molly Scott Cato who was re-elected.
But it was a damaging night for the Conservatives and UKIP.
Both went into Thursday's vote with two MEPs, but polls suggested the chances of them repeating their 2014 success appeared slim.
The Government's failure to deliver Brexit thus far, which has put paid to Theresa May's premiership, saw the Tories' share of the vote slump from 29 to just eight per cent.
Labour also lost its only MEP for the South West.