THE Conservatives and the Labour Party both emerged as losers in the European elections.
But as the two leading parties suffered, anti-Europeans the UK Independence Party gained its first seat ever in Brussels.
The Liberal Democrats also elected their first non-white representative to sit in Brussels, as they doubled their number of seats from one to two.
The number of votes that were rejected in the ballot was a staggering 20,457.
Both Labour and the Conservative Party lost one MEP in the closely fought battle.
The UK Independence Party comfortably took the ninth and final seat for the north west region when the results were announced at 1.30am after a delay of more than three hours because of various recounts.
The elected MEPs for Labour were Gary Titley, Arlene McCarthy and Terry Wynn. The successful Conservative candidates were Den Dover, David Sumberg and Sir Robert Atkins. The Liberal Democrats boosted their number of seats with Chris Davies and Saj Karim both being successful.
The UK Independence Party was triumphant after John Whittaker grabbed the ninth and final seat.
This year's turnout saw 41 per cent of the voting population taking part thanks to the new postal ballot, almost double the turnout in 1999.
Conservative: Votes = 509,446
Labour: Votes = 576,288
Lib Dem: Votes = 335, 063
UKIP: Votes = 247,158
Green: Votes = 117,393
BNP: Votes = 134,958
Respect-Unity Coalition: Votes = 24,636
Liberal : Votes = 96,325
English Democrats: Votes = 34,110
ProLife: Votes = 10,084
Countryside Party: Votes = 11,283
Ronald Alan Neal, Independent: Votes = 8,318