Liberal Democrats won seats from Conservatives to hold majority
Liberal Democrats have 45 seats and the Conservatives have nine
42 per cent turnout
Lembit Opik at the count and threatened to have Nick Clegg removed as leader of the Lib Dems
Vote verification took longer than expected and first counts started at around 2am.
'Mislaid' European election ballot box contributed to two hour delays
Results arrived thick and fast from 6.15am