The UK Independence Party topped the poll in the European elections in Cheshire West and Chester as it did across the nation.
In the North West, sitting UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has now been joined by Steven Woolfe from Chester and Louise Bours – helping the anti-European Union party return a total of 24 MEPs across the country.
In the CWaC area, UKIP headed the poll with 23,649 votes, the Conservatives came a close second with 22,239 votes, Labour attracted 19,628 votes and the Lib Dems won 4,690 votes, putting them in fifth place behind The Green Party with 5,772 votes.
City lawyer Mr Woolfe, who lives in Chester with his wife and young daughter, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been given this chance to represent the North West and fight to get Britain out of the European Union.”
Mr Woolfe, 46, is UKIP's economics spokesman and regularly appears on television news programmes and in radio interviews. Chair of the British business Global Forum he splits his time between Chester and London.
He is also a member of UKIP’s NEC and has stood in council elections in Chester, the London Assembly elections and stood for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester.
Mr Woolfe, who joined UKIP in 2010, originates from Moss Side in Manchester, added: “My experience growing up, as the eldest in a mixed race family of English, Irish, and black with Roman Catholic, Jewish and secular religious views, taught me the importance of individuality and tolerance.”
Newly elected MEP Louise Bours, from Congleton, told The Chronicle: “On a personal level I am absolutely thrilled that all our hard work has paid off. In terms of the North West we have tripled our MEPs. As our deputy leader Paul Nuttall said in his victory speech, ‘the era of four party politics has now arrived’. It’s incredibly exciting.”
Ms Bours, a former Brookside actor, said the result showed voters were “disaffected” with Westminster politics and UKIP spoke “their language”.
“There is a Euro scepticism movement sweeping the entire continent,” she added, arguing UKIP had shown it was “a truly national party” with support across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
While the Lib Dems had been “decimated” nationally, she expected the party to regroup with or without Nick Clegg as leader. She added: “What will be interesting is, will we push Labour into offering a referendum in their manifesto?”
Ms Bours said UKIP will now target resources at the areas where its support is strongest with an eye on next year’s General Election.
In the North West, Labour Party gained a seat and now have three MEPs while the Tories lost one seat – dropping from three to two. The Lib Dems and the right wing British National Party were wiped out, with both losing their single seats.
Chester’s Tory MP Stephen Mosley commented: “We always knew these elections would be difficult for the Conservative Party, after all no Government has topped the Euro Poll in 30 years, however we were very encouraged by the local results.
“A lot of traditional Conservative voters did vote for UKIP in the European Elections, but I am sure that our record of turning around the economy, reducing unemployment, cutting crime, improving education, cutting waiting times, reducing immigration and cutting taxes will help us to regain their trust at the next General Election.”