2009 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom

The European Parliament election was the United Kingdom's component of the 2009 European Parliament election, the voting for which was held on Thursday 4 June 2009. The election was held concurrently with the 2009 local elections in England. In total, 72 Members of the European Parliament were elected from the United Kingdom using proportional representation.

2009 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom

 2004 4 June 2009 2014 

All 72 of the United Kingdom's seats
in the European Parliament
Turnout34.7%[1] 3.8%
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Timothy Kirkhope Nigel Farage Glenis Willmott
Party Conservative UKIP Labour
Alliance ECR EFD S&D
Leader since 18 November 2008 12 September 2006 18 January 2009
Leader's seat Yorkshire and the Humber South East England East Midlands
Last election 27 seats, 25.9% 12 seats, 15.6% 19 seats, 21.9%
Seats before 25 12 18
Seats won 26 13 13
Seat change 1* 1* 5*
Popular vote 4,281,286 2,498,226 2,381,760
Percentage 27.4% 16.0% 15.2%
Swing 1.0% 0.4% 6.6%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Leader Graham Watson Caroline Lucas Nick Griffin
Party Liberal Democrats Green BNP
Alliance ALDE Green NI
Leader since January 2002 5 September 2008 27 September 1999
Leader's seat South West England South East England North West England
Last election 12 seats, 14.4% 2 seats, 2.8% 0 seats, 0.0%
Seats before 10 2 0
Seats won 11 2 2
Seat change 1* 2*
Popular vote 2,080,613 1,223,303 943,598
Percentage 13.3% 7.8% 6.0%
Swing 1.1% 2.2% 1.3%

Map of the results indicating the seats won in each region by party *Seat change has been adjusted to allow for direct comparison with the results from the 2004 election.[2]
(including 1 UCUNF)
Notional results

Notable outcomes were that the Labour Party – which came third – suffered a significant drop in support, and that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) finished second in a major election for the first time in its history, coming level with Labour in terms of seats but ahead of it in terms of votes. This was the first time in British electoral history that a party in government had been outpolled in a national election by a party with no representation in the House of Commons. The British National Party (BNP) also won two seats, its first ever in a nationwide election.[3] It also marked the first time the Scottish National Party (SNP) won the largest share of the European election vote in Scotland,[4] and the first time Labour had failed to come first in a Welsh election since 1918.[5] It was the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)'s worst ever European election result, and also the first time an Irish Republican party, Sinn Féin, topped the polls in Northern Ireland.[6]