Magid Magid, the charismatic former lord mayor of Sheffield, has won a seat representing the Green Party in the European parliament.
The 29-year-old, who came to the UK as a child refugee from Somalia, said the Greens were “just getting started” after the party finished with 13 per cent of the vote in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of the European elections.
Having issued a ceremonial ban on “wasteman” Donald Trump visiting the Steel City last year, Mr Magid already has a national profile and intends to use it to push for a more radical climate agenda.
“Sheffield I f****** love you!” Mr Magid tweeted after results emerged on Sunday night showing one in four people in the city voted Green.
“We did it. Today is about a Green Wave cascading through Europe & landing on the shores of Yorkshire for the first time. We're just getting started.
“This’ll be more than a fleeting midsummer night’s dream in Brussels. We’re going to turn the tide of history!”
Mr Magid was one of six MEPs elected to Yorkshire and the Humber. Three seats went to the Brexit Party, which won 470,351 votes, while Labour (210,516), the Liberal Democrats (200,180) and the Greens (166,980) picked up a seat each.
We did it.
Today is about a Green Wave cascading through Europe & landing on the shores of Yorkshire for the first time. We're just getting started.
This'll be more than a fleeting midsummer night's dream in Brussels. We're going to turn the tide of history!#EUelections2019 pic.twitter.com/91ndUZr8NZ— 🚀MΛG!D (@MagicMagid)May 26, 2019
Earlier this year, Mr Magid again made headlines when he promised to defend any pupils facing punishment for skipping school to join nationwide climate protests.
“If any of your teachers threaten you with some sort of action or give you any hassle for going on strike. Let me know & I’ll have a word, even if I have to come into your school!” he tweeted during the strikes in February.