Glenis Willmott has been re-elected with a significant 8% swing towards her party on the 2009 results.
Mrs Willmott, who has also been re-elected by her colleagues as Labour’s leader in the European Parliament, first took up her seat in 2006. The Labour Party took almost 280,000 votes across the East Midlands - just one percent short of taking a second seat from the Conservatives. Nationally, Labour topped the poll in five regions, increasing its MEP total from thirteen to twenty - pushing the Tories into third place.
Speaking after the result was announced, Mrs Willmott said: “I’m delighted people across our region have voted for Labour in increased numbers.
“Under David Cameron and Nick Clegg, people in the East Midlands are £1,600 worse off as prices continue to outstrip wages. Hardworking people are working harder for less whilst the wealthiest 1% share the £3 billion tax cut they were handed by the government. Food bank use is skyrocketing and people on low incomes are being hit by the Bedroom Tax whilst those with the broadest shoulders bear less of the burden. Britain can do better than this.
“If we’re to deal with the cost-of-living crisis we need to make sure Europe works for us, delivering the jobs and growth our economy needs. 4.2 million UK jobs depend on our relationship with Europe, keeping Britain competitive ahead of growing economies around the world. Pulling out of Europe and isolating Britain, as Ukip and an increasing number of Tories are advocating, would plunge these jobs into jeopardy.
“One Nation Labour will deal with the cost-of-living crisis by freezing energy bills, providing 25 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds and introducing a Jobs Guarantee for long-term unemployed young people. But we need to make sure Europe works for us if we are to deliver this; that’s why I’ll be spending the next five years fighting for an EU that delivers for Britain.”