Former Labour Berwick candidate Paul Brannen takes second Euro seat for Labour thanks to Northumberland votes
Scott Dickinson, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Berwick in the GE 2015 today welcomed a ‘pleasing performance’ by Labour in Northumberland as the party topped the Euro poll to secure a second seat for Labour in Brussels.
Labour topped the poll in the county with 21,737 votes pipping UKIP who came second on 21,485 with the Conservatives coming a disappointing third with 19,924 with the Liberal Democrats polling a derisory 7,585 votes and turnout in the county was 32.9%. The UKIP result in the county also highlighted the damage they can do to the Tories in GE 2015.
The big losers on the night were the Liberal Democrats who ran Northumberland for 5 years and have held Berwick constituency for 40 years as they finished a distant fourth in the poll. Labour insiders are pointing to the failure of the Liberal Democrats in the county as the main reason for the loss of the third Euro seat.
Labour picked up the third seat in Brussels with a familiar name to Berwick as Paul Brannen, the Labour parliamentary candidate who came second in Berwick in 1997 joined Judith Kirton-Darling in taking two of the three Euro seats.
‘It’s a great result for Labour in Northumberland as our voters were instrumental in delivering the second seat for the party. It shows that we’re credible challengers to the Conservatives in Berwick and in Hexham and it’s a hugely disappointing result for the Conservatives in the county and a disastrous result for the Liberal Democrats who finished 4th in the county wide poll. I’ll be working hard with Jude and Paul to make sure Northumberland’s voice is heard loud and clear in Brussels and it’s vital that we make sure that the farming and tourism industry in the county get a fair deal from Brussels’.