UKIP has topped the European Election poll across South Essex.

The Eurosceptic party achieved 45 per cent of the vote in Basildon borough, 46 per cent in Thurrock and 47 per cent in Castle Point.

The Conservatives trailed in second place in Rochford, Southend, Basildon and Castle Point while Labour finished second in Thurrock.

In Thurrock, the Ukip vote was more than double that achieved by the Conservatives.

In a disastrous performance for the Lib Dems they were in fifth behind the Green Party in Southend, Basildon and Rochford, while they came sixth in Thurrock and Castle Point.

The East of England region as a whole has returned 3 Ukip, 3 Conservative and 1 Labour members of the Eurpoean Parliament (MEPs).

Ukip, who picked up councillors across south Essex last week, will further believe in their chances at the general election after the results.

For all the reaction and analysis pick up Tuesday's Echo.

Basildon result:

UK Independence Party 18,926
The Conservative Party  10,202
The Labour Party 7,301
The Green Party  2,032
Liberal Democrats  1,233
An Independence from Europe 877
English Democrats 628
British National Party 564
Christian Peoples Alliance 320
No2EU 147


Southend result:

UK Independence Party  15,967

Conservative Party  11,523

Labour Party  6,711

Green Party  3,387

Liberal Democrats  2,645

An Independence from Europe  1,073

English Democrats  704

British National Party  457
Christian Peoples Alliance  375
NO2EU  191


Rochford result:

UK Independence Party (UKIP) 10,324

Conservative Party 7,021

Labour Party 2,514

Green Party 1,575

Liberal Democrats 811

English Democrats Party 541

An Independence from Europe

British National Party 194

Christian Peoples Alliance 190

NO2EU - Yes to Workers’ Rights 64


Thurrock result:

Ukip 17,416

Labour Party 8,645

Conservative Party 7,387

Green Party 1,293

An Independence from Europe 938

Liberal Democrat 637

British National Party 623

English Democrats 572

Christian People's Alliance 294

No 2 EU 146


Castle Point

Ukip 11,391

Conservative 6,159

Labour 2,994

Green 1,151

An Independence From Europe 743

Liberal Democrats 439

BNP 346

Christian Peoples Alliance 156

No2EU 61