SNP dominates Argyll and Bute Euro vote

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Voters in Argyll and Bute turned out in bigger numbers than in either of the previous two European Parliament elections, and the SNP proved to be the big winners.

The election, on Thursday May 23, came amid continuing Brexit uncertainty, with two deferments already having been agreed to the UK’s original date – March 29 2019 – for departing the EU.

Having granted an initial extension of the Article 50 process until April 12, EU leaders have agreed another delay until October 31.

The UK, meanwhile, remains in the EU and therefore had to elect members of the European Parliament, along with every other member state.

Voter turnout in Argyll and Bute for the last European Parliament election in 2014 was 40.6 per cent, which was around five per cent higher than in 2009.

For the 2019 election, the turnout was 46.8 per cent in Argyll and Bute.

For European election purposes Scotland is treated as a single constituency, with six MEPs elected.

After the regional count at Lochgilphead Joint Campus on the evening of May 26, the Argyll and Bute electorate voted as follows:

SNP: 11,336, 37.2 per cent
Brexit Party: 5,450, 17.9 per cent
Liberal Democrat: 5,019, 16.4 per cent
Conservative: 3,985, 13.1 per cent
Scottish Green Party: 2,225, 7.4 per cent
Labour: 1,197 3.9 per cent
UKIP: 568, 1.9 per cent
Change UK: 505, 1.7 per cent
Gordon Edgar (ind): 141, 0.5 per cent
Ken Parke (ind): 43, 0.1 per cent

30,649 votes were cast.

120 ballot papers were rejected.