THE BREXIT Party triumphed in the East Midlands’ European election, with Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, elected as an MEP.
The new party took three of the five available seats with the Liberal Democrats and Labour taking one each.
The Conservatives and UKIP now have no MEPs in the region, having both lost the two seats they each won in 2014.
Turnout was 34.7%, a slight increase from last time.
Ms Rees-Mogg, who was unsuccessful representing the Conservatives at a general election, described the results as “quite astounding”.
“They have been far bigger percentages than I had anticipated” she said “although while I was on the streets in areas as diverse as Boston, Mansfield, Skegness and Chesterfield, the people were telling us they wanted to be listened to,”
Addressing how her brother will be feeling after a disappointing evening for the Conservatives, Ms Rees-Mogg said: “I have no doubt he will be devastated at what has been done to his own party, the Conservatives.”