June 7, 2009 / 10:37 PM / 10 years ago

Far-right British party wins first European Parliament seat

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) - The far-right British National Party (BNP) won its first seat in the European Parliament on Sunday, official results showed.

The result in the northern English region of Yorkshire and the Humber was a breakthrough for the anti-immigration party, which until now has had no seats in the British or European parliaments.

The BNP gained the seat at the expense of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party, which has been hurt by a scandal over politicians’ expenses and questions over Brown’s leadership. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Keith Weir)

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