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BNP eyes 'seismic' breakthrough

BNP loudhailer van in Sunderland
Mr Darby said the BNP would benefit from public anger at MPs' expenses

The British National Party believes it is poised to make a "game-changing" breakthrough by winning its first European Parliament seat.

Spokesman Simon Darby said the BNP would overcome establishment hostility and win widespread public support.

Mr Darby added: "If we manage to break through, the implications are absolutely seismic."

The BNP opposes the European Union and immigration and proposes payments for "voluntary repatriation".

Mr Darby said he believed opinion polls were over-stating support for the UK Independence Party which would instead go to the BNP on election day.

He said his party was in the best position to benefit from public anger at MPs' expenses system.

The BNP was on course to win a seat in the North West, he said, and attract up to 12% of the vote in some regions.

Mr Darby said BNP candidates attracted unparalleled hostility from the media, campaigners, celebrities and other political parties - who accuse it of being racist and divisive - but said the election of a BNP MEP would "change the rules of the game".

He added: "If we win, it's uncharted territory".



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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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