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BNP starts Euro election campaign

BNP leader Nick Griffin launches his party's European election campaign

The British National Party has launched its campaign for next month's European Parliament elections, predicting it could win up to seven seats.

The party is contesting all 69 seats at stake in the UK mainland regions, on a platform of demanding the country withdraws from the European Union.

Leader Nick Griffin, a candidate in North West England, said the BNP also wanted to stop Turkey joining the EU.

His party was a threat to "tired, corrupt old politicians", he added.

The BNP, which currently has no Euro MPs, is contesting about 465 county council seats in England's local elections, which also take place on 4 June.

This is up from 39 candidates four years ago.

We are the ones who are really a threat to their rotten, internationalist, liberal system
Nick Griffin

At the BNP's campaign launch in Essex, Mr Griffin said: "There's no protest vote like a British National Party protest vote, because all the others are in it together.

"Everyone knows we are the ones that they hate... We are the ones who are really a threat to their rotten, internationalist, liberal system.

"So we are the ones people have got to vote for if they want to protest against what the old politicians - the tired, corrupt old politicians - have done to this poor country of ours."

Outlining his party's anti-immigration stance, Mr Griffin said: "Not all immigrants are terrorists but all terrorists are immigrants or their immediate descendants."

On its opposition to Turkey joining the EU, he said: "While we are in the European Union we most definitely, and above all else, oppose its expansion to bring 80 million low-wage Muslims into Christian democratic Europe."



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EUROPEAN ELECTION RESULTS

MEP Seats

  Votes MEPs
Party % +/- % Total +/-
EPP 33.4 -1.4 264 -18
Socialists 23.2 -4.1 183 -26
Liberal 11.0 +1.6 84 +5
Green 7.4 +1.3 50 +9
Left 5.3 -0.6 34 -2
UEN 3.4 +1.6 28 +2
Ind/Dem 2.7 -1.8 21 -15
No Group 13.6 +3.4 72 +3.4
0 of 27 countries declared.

UK Total MEP Seats

Party Votes MEPs
% +/- % Total +/-
CON 27.7 1.0 *26 1
UKIP 16.5 0.3 13 1
LAB 15.7 -6.9 13 -5
LD 13.7 -1.2 11 1
GRN 8.6 2.4 2 0
BNP 6.2 1.3 2 2
SNP 2.1 0.7 2 0
PC 0.8 -0.1 1 0
OTH 8.5 2.4 0 0
SF 1 0
DUP 1 0
72 of 72 seats declared. Vote share figures exclude Northern Ireland as it has a separate electoral system to the rest of the UK
* Includes UCUNF MEP elected in Northern Ireland
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