Nick Griffin defeated: BNP loses every deposit

Nick Griffin has lost his seat in the European Parliament, and the British National Party faces catastrophic defeat nationwide.  In 2009 (as well as electing two MEPs) the BNP polled respectably across the country, saving every deposit by achieving more than 2.5% in each region.  This year the party has lost every single deposit: a total of £55,000 adding to the sting of electoral humiliation.

Griffin’s vote in North West England fell from 132,194 (8.0%) to 32,826 (1.9%).

In Yorkshire & Humber the BNP vote has also collapsed from 9.8% to 1.6%, with UKIP gaining two seats and Labour one. The Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and BNP each lost one.

The West Midlands was the BNP’s next best region in 2009 with 8.6%, but here too the party slumped to 1.5%.

The grim roll call of BNP lost deposits continued through the night: down from 8.7% to 1.6% in the East Midlands; down from 8.9% to 1.7% in the North East; down from 6.1% to 0.8% in Eastern England; down from 3.9% to 0.7% in South West England; down from 4.4% to 0.7% in South East England; and down from 5.4% to 1.0% in Wales.

At 3 a.m. local time the result in London was finally declared.  Here again the BNP took a hammering: polling just 0.9%, down from 4.9% five years ago.  In Scotland (where the result was not declared until Monday lunchtime) Nick Griffin’s misery was completed when the BNP vote fell from 2.5% to 0.8%, beaten by his bitter rival and former business partner Jim Dowson’s Britain First party. (The BNP did not contest the European elections in Northern Ireland.)

Click here for news from other European countries, where in contrast to the UK many nationalist parties have scored significant victories.


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