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Great Britain

The European elections in Great Britain, the first to be undertaken under a system of proportional representation, were characterised by a historically low turnout, at 23.1% the lowest on record for a national election. Even so the Labour party saw its share of the vote slide from 44.24% in 1994 to 28.03% this time with heavy losses of seats from 62 to 29. The Conservatives increased their share of the vote from 27.83% to 35.7%. Reasons given for voter apathy were a lacklustre campaign with the parties concentrating on domestic issues and the distraction of Kosovo. The new voting system and, in particular, the obligation to vote for parties with "closed" lists also came under criticism. The Conservatives made the running with the slogan "in Europe but not run by Europe" and concentrated on opposition to the single currency. The Liberal Democrats although increasing their seats from 2 to 10, because of the new system, actually saw their share of the votes fall from 16.72% in 1994 to 12.66% and even lost a seat in the South West. Smaller parties were also successful in securing representation for the first time with the anti-EU UK Independence party winning 3 seats, the Greens 2 and Plaid Cymru 2 in Wales. The SNP held onto their 2 seats in Scotland but with a smaller share of the vote.

UK REGIONS - Explanation

Scotland
Scotland is a single electoral region containing all the unitary authorities in Scotland.

Wales
Wales is a single electoral region containing all the unitary authorities in Wales.

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is a single electoral region containing all the district councils in Northern Ireland.

England
England is divided into 9 electoral regions as follows:

Eastern

Bedfordshire
Cambridshire
Essex
Hertforshire
Luton
Norfolk
Peterborough
Southend-on-Sea
Suffolk
Thurrock

East Midlands

Derbyshire
Derby
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire
Nottingham
Rutland

London

The administrative area of Greater London

North East

Darlington
Durham
Hartlepool
Middlesbrough
Northumberland
Redcar and Cleveland
Stockton-on-Tees
Tyne & Wear

North West

Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool
Chester
Cumbria
Greater Manchester
Halton
Lancashire
Merseyside
Warrington

South East

Bracknell Forest
Brighton and Hove
Buckinghamshire
East Sussex
Hampshire
Isle of Wight
Kent
Medway Towns
Milton Keynes
Newbury
Oxfordshire
Portsmouth
Reading
Slough
Southampton
Surrey
West Sussex
Windsor and Maidenhead
Wokingham

South West

Bath & North East Somerset
Bournemouth
Bristol
Cornwall
Devon
Dorset
Gloucestershire
North Somerset
Plymouth
Poole
Somerset
South Gloucestershire
Swindon
Torbay
Wiltshire
Isles of Scilly

West Midlands

Herefordshire
Shropshire
Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent
Telford and Wrekin
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Worcestershire

Yorkshire and The Humber

Kingston upon Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire
North East Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire
NorthYorkshire
South Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
York

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