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May 27, 2019 1:00 PM

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LIBERAL Democrats ride high in EU vote with 16 MEPs including 2 in the East

Lib Dems take second place in East Suffolk as Tories and Labour trail in 4th and 5th place

The Lib Dems were rewarded across the UK for their clear, consistent and unambiguous pro EU, anti Brexit campaign in the Euro elections. With a total of 16 MEPs, the Party topped the poll in London and secured a clear second place in most regions securing its rightful place as the clear leader of REMAIN.

In the East, Lib Dem supporters were jubilant as the final result was announced in Chelmsford early on Monday morning with the Party picking up two of the seven seats.

In the East Suffolk District area the Lib Dems were again in second place securing almost 14,000 votes pushing the Tories and Labour down to 4th and fifth places.

The full result in East Suffolk was as follows:

Change UK: 2132

Conservative: 7758

Eng Democrats: 524

Green: 11,289

Labour: 4818

Liberal Democrat: 13,893

Brexit: 27,745

UKIP: 2283

IND: 138

Turnout 37%

The two MEPs for the East of England are as follows:

East of England

Barbara GibsonBarbara Gibson

Barbara lives in Welwyn, Hertfordshire:

Barbara is a lecturer for Birkbeck, University of London, focused on intercultural communication and global business. With more than 25 years' experience as a business communication professional, she has worked with companies worldwide, and is a past international chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is immediate past-president of SIETAR UK (the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) and a past International Group Chair of CIPR (the Chartered Institute of Public Relations). She completed her PhD in Intercultural Communication in 2014.

Cllr Lucy Nethsingha (Lucy Nethsingha Twitter)Lucy Nethsingha

Lucy Nethsingha is the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Cambridgeshire County Council and Deputy Chair on the Children and Young People's Board at the Local Government Association. Lucy chairs the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Scrutiny Committee, where she has played a key role in scrutinising the work of the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Having grown up in Cornwall, where Brittany often felt closer than Westminster, Lucy is a passionate European. Growing up in Cornwall also gave her an early understanding of the importance of caring for the environment. Lucy has been campaigning on Climate Change issues for many years, starting with Surfer's against Sewage campaigns in the 1990s.