European Parliamentary election ballot papers, from the local area, are sorted as part of the count, in Southampton
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UKIP ahead in early euro election results

UKIP appears to be on course to top the poll in the European elections, with the first results starting to come in.

Labour won in the North-East of England with a 12% increase in vote share, beating UKIP into second place.

But UKIP's vote has gone up by 14% - which if repeated across the UK would see a win for Nigel Farage's party.

James Landale reports.

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