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Now the news from the East Lidlands, I'm Jo Healey. Good evening.
UKIP's leader Nigel Farage says his party's sights are now set
on winning next week's Newark parliamentary by`election,
after UKIP triumphed in the European elections.
It topped the poll in the E`st Midlands with a 33% share of the
vote, up 16% on the last Euro elections.
It secured two MEPs, veteran Eurosceptic Roger Hdlmer
Here's our Political Editor John Hess.
Jubilation for UKIP supporters. The party secured a third of thd
Jubilation for UKIP supportdrs. The party secured a third of the total
party secured a third of thd total East Midlands vote. Topping the
poll, Roger Helmer, who hopds East Midlands vote. Topping the
poll, Roger Helmer, who hopes to repeat the success as UKIP's
candidate in the by`election. UKIP's second elected Euro LP is
Margot Parker. We've had a solid response from people and in
Nottingham, I can recall the response from people and in
Nottingham, I can recall thd book across the square to shake our
hands. Cheers to for the Conservatives. A returns to European
Parliament. I am honoured to have been re`elected to serve the people
been re`elected to serve thd people of the East Midlands. A big change
for me but with a background in local government, I hope th`t will
local government, I hope that will help me with this new role. This is
how the East Midlands voted, with UKIP on 368,000 votes. Labour lost
the battle for second place and is 11,000 votes behind the
Conservatives. A good showing for the Greens, attracting almost 6 .
the Greens, attracting almost 6%. That meant defeat for the Lhberal
Democrats. We've got to find a better way to get the message
across. Britain has to stay in Europe. We haven't got that message
across. Disappointment for Labour. Its vote was pegged to fourth place,
leaving Glenis Willmott as its sole leaving Glenis Willmott as hts sole
MEP. We were only .6% behind so it was very close. UKIP can celebrate.
They returned to MEPs. That was expected. What was and was `
expected. What was and was a particularly strong perform`nce by
particularly strong performance by the Conservatives, who also sent to
MEPs to the European Parliament. MEPs to the European Parlialent
That will please the prime Minister will dash with that crucial
by`election just around the corner. Another factor in the selection, 70%
Another factor in the selection 70% of us in the East Midlands didn't
even bother to vote at all. It was the worst turnout figure since
direct elections to the European Parliament began 15 years ago.
With the political focus now firmly in Newark,
people in the Nottinghamshire town have mixed emotions on UKIP's
The a quiet, wet and gloomy morning in new work, as early shoppdrs go
in new work, as early shoppers go about their Bank Holiday business.
But as far as next week 's by`election is concerned, things
really are hotting up. UKIP's performance is better in thd
really are hotting up. UKIP's performance is better in the East
Midlands than any other reghon and Midlands than any other reghon and
in Newark, they managed to secure 32% of the vote. If it is the same
voting pattern in next week's by`election, Roger Helmer may just
secure UKIP's first heat se`t in the secure UKIP's first heat seat in the
House of Commons. If they do what they say there are going to do, yes,
but something has got to change. they say there are going to do, yes,
but something has got to change. We are in a right mess. They work hard
to get an Emmy dash and MP in, good luck to them. Newark has always been
a conservative town and UKIP are doing what most people want them to
do. It's the same old thing, the three parties. The people at the
bottom don't get much say at all. As the political focus shifts closer to
home, it is back to work for clock party campaign is a new work, as
they look to make gains on what is currently a voting knife edge. ``
Newark. Investigations are underway
into the cause of a factory fire in heartbreaking. Very sad. At the
time, I wasn't sure whether we could get another one. Even if it does, it
is not the one that her Majdsty is not the one that her Majesty
touched. I feel it for Mich`el. I touched. I feel it for Mich`el. I
wish they'd had taken mine instead. wish they'd had taken mine instead.
But they didn't. The couple are now appealing for the medal to be
returned. Whoever has got it, even if they just put it back through the
letterbox, it would mean so much to us. It really did hurt us. Anyone
with any information is being urged to contact Nottinghamshire police.
fans turned out in Nottingh`m today to show their support for boxer Carl
George Groves. He'll be defending his two world titles at Wembley on
The countdown is on to the biggest fight in British boxing history.
Promoters say 200 million pdople will be watching worldwide. Today,
Carl came back to his hometown for his final public work`out and
thousands were there to see him. It is all over the world and wd are so
is all over the world and we are so proud to have this fight coling from
our own city. It would be a lot faster, a lot quicker. He ddserves
it. He deserves to have his hand raised in front of 84,000 people. He
is a legend. It means a gre`t deal is a legend. It means a great deal
to him. It's fantastic. My fans have been behind me since day one
to him. It's fantastic. My fans have been behind me since day ond and
to him. It's fantastic. My fans have been behind me since day one and the
been behind me since day ond and the turnout today shows how much it
means to them. It is humbling and I feel it. It's a great night for
British boxing. It's a great time. He's given everything to thd British
public for so long. This is the pinnacle now, for any fighter. So,
just five days to go until fight night. The next time we will see him
inside the ring, you will be defending his two world titles in
front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium. Believing. It has been a rather dull
and damp bank holiday Mondax and damp bank holiday Monday and as
we had through the next few days, there isn't much improvement. Today
has been hampered by this area of rain which has been working its way
up from the south. It stalled rain which has been working its way
up from the south. It stalldd over western parts and through tonight,
it will slowly start to cle`r western parts and through tonight,
it will slowly start to clear away. Still plenty of cloud about
overnight tonight and it is not long before the next area of heavy rain
starts to work its way in, too. Without cloud and rain overnight, it
will not be a cold night. Temperatures will manage to hover
around 11 or 12 Celsius. Th`t heavy around 11 or 12 Celsius. That heavy
rain will be with us in the morning. The Met office has issued a weather
warning for heavy rain. It could affect the morning rush hour so do
be a perfect dash aware of that. It be a perfect dash aware of that. It
sticks with us for much of the day. Behind that, it will start to become
more patchy but it would be a cold day, a dull day and a damp day.
Temperatures will only get tp to about 13 or 14 Celsius. There is
little improvement as we get through the week.
Good evening. If I were to conduct a straw poll about the weather events
today, I suspect we would get a split decision. There were
significant differences around, we have sunshine and some warmth, but
also this cloud and rain coming up through the Channel into the north
of England. On top of that, some showers in the north-west, some of
them thundery from Northern Ireland and Scotland, so a real eclectic
mix. This will drift away over the next few hours, we will keep the
cloud overnight, and we will see more significant rain pushing in off
the north sea. There is a level of uncertainty just where this rain
will be sitting in the morning, but current thoughts, across north
Norfolk, into the Midlands and maybe east Yorkshire as well. It will be
accompanied by a cool breeze. In the south-west we should see a better
day for Cornwall and Devon, and into south Wales as