Finally heading off to the Town Hall to gurn at Griffin. Let's hope Hazel's nonsense of Wednesday did not hand this man a boost sufficient to see his jackboots in the corridors of Strasbourg.
The received wisdom would be that a turn out this low would favour the BNP with their allegedly committed cohorts of confused adherents. However, there was quite a range of protest and anti-EU options. And the "voter strike" and "spoilt ballot" ideas also had traction that would have carved off some of the 2004 BNP dabblers.
The overall figure is more than 10% before the Europe-wide figure of more than 43%. The particular version of PR we're using is a bit of a turn off, and also unlike STV a gift to loons of all conceivable flavours.
Here finally are those Greater Manchester figures:
The turnout in the European elections in north west England was 31.9% (40.6% in 2004)
The highest turnout was in South Lakeland in Cumbria with 49.9%
The lowest 21.56% in Knowsley, Merseyside.
Counting takes place this Sunday, with the regional result and seat allocation being declared at Manchester Town Hall, in two to three hours time.
Other turnout figures:
Regional turnout boosted by County Council elections in Lancashire and Cumbria.
In Lancashire County Council election, the election turnout was 38%. This was the area where, in 2004, BNP polled the highest in the region. In the 2004 Euros the BNP received 7.9% in Lancashire compared to 6.4% in the North West as a whole.