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Christians aim to build on vote

Christian Party Christian People's Alliance campaign launch
The Christian Party and Christian People's Alliance are running a joint slate

The Christian Party and Christian People's Alliance have increased their share of the vote to come eighth in the European Parliament election.

The parties, who fielded joint candidate lists, received a total of 249,493 votes - 1.6% of votes cast.

It was the first time a Christian party had run in every region of Britain.

"The challenge is now to build on our result at grassroots level and begin to make ourselves known," federal executive member Dr Tom Rogers said.

"We do not despise the day of small beginnings and look to our friends across Europe, who better established, have succeeding in returning Christian MEPs to the Parliament," he added.

In London the Christian parties picked up 51,336 votes - 2.9% of the vote - up on the 45,038 gained in 2004.



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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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