Welcome to the Spectator’s liveblog of the European elections results. We’ll bring you results, analysis and political reaction throughout the night.
- Britain: Ukip has come first with 27 per cent of vote (so far), the Tories did reasonably (on 24 per cent, a whisker from Labour’s 25.4 per cent) and Lib Dems are in free fall, losing 9 of their 12 MEPs.
- Scotland: UKIP has won its first Scottish seat, with a 10 per cent vote share. This has infuriated Alex Salmond whose SNP has seen its share of the vote fall slightly.
- Europe’s populists triumph : Marine le Pen’s Front Nationale came top in France, with a predicted 25 per cent share. The populist Danish People’s Party, led by a 33-year-old, has come first there. In Greece, the far-left Syriza picked up 27 per cent and the far-right Golden Dawn 9 per cent. Five Star in Italy won 21.5 per cent of the vote. Germany’s Neo-Nazi NPD looks to have won a seat, but with 1 per cent of vote.
- In Europe: The EPP looks set to retain its dominance in the European Parliament, but with fewer seats. Most established groups look like they have lost to the ‘others’.
02:00: James Forsyth on what we can expect to see from Labour in the near future:
We have become used to talking about ‘class war’ in the Tory party, the tensions between David Cameron and his Old Etonian dominated inner circle and those MPs with grittier backgrounds. But we are about to see Labour’s version of this story.
Many Labour MPs feel that Ukip is eating into the Labour vote in its heartlands because the party doesn’t have people in top positions who can speak to the party’s traditional working class supporters. There are already grumblings that the shadow Cabinet is too dominated by Oxford PPE graduates who live in large houses in London.