BNP Breaks Though To European Platform
BNP Leader and Northwest MEP Nick Griffin
Shockwaves were sent through mainstream British politics Sunday night as the British National Party (BNP) won two seats in the European Parliament and gained significant ground in traditional, working-class areas of the country.
BNP leader Nick Griffin won a Member of European Parliament (MEP) seat in the Northwest, while 61-year- old retired lecturer Andrew Brons snatched a seat in Yorkshire and Humberside.
In his victory speech at Manchester Town Hall, Griffin said that the British public were angry about the “many ways the liberal elite have transformed this country.”
“For the last 50 years, more and more of the people of Britain have watched with concern, growing dismay and sometimes anger as an out-of-touch political elite has transformed our country before our very eyes,” he said.
Britain Euro Election Results (click to enlarge)
The night saw a humiliating defeat for Labour, which has been engulfed in an MP expense scandal and the illogical banning of talk radio host Michael Savage from Great Britain. Labour slumped to third place behind the UK Independance Party (UKIP), whose platform includes withdrawing Britain from the European Union. The Conservative Torry party came out first with 29.9%, UKIP second with 17.2%, and Labour finished with 16.7%.
In other parts of the country, the BNP made significant gains, mostly at the expense of the embattled Labour Party, This was seen especially in traditional, working-class Labour strongholds. In Barnsley, the BNP won 16% of the vote; in Doncaster, nearly 12%; in Rotherham, 15%; and in Yorkshire, nearly 10% of the vote. In total, the BNP received 120,139 votes.
The BNP put all its efforts into the European election and ran it a national campaign, spending approximately £500,000.As a result of tonight’s election result, the party will be eligible for funding from the European Union and may form alliances with other nationalist and traditionalist parties in Europe.
Brons and Yorkshire MEP Andrew Brons
One of the big challenges the BNP faces is the overwhelmingly negative image mainstream British media has given the party. Slurs such as “neo-facist” have tarnished the BNP brand and may have caused some voters to vote UKIP out of fear of being labed a “racist.”
In his acceptance speech Sunday night, newly-elected MEP Andrew Brons explained, “The onslaught against us in this campaign has been more than against any other party in this country in recent times. Much more than it was against the Old Labour party when it really was Labour in the early 20th century, much more than even against the Communist Party during the period of the Cold War. But, somehow, we have overcome it.”
“But, despite the lies, despite money, despite the misrepresentation, we’ve managed to win through. I regard this as the first step towards the United Kingdom, the British People, getting freedom from the European Union dictatorship.”
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