BNP leader Nick Griffin is no longer an MEP, having been rejected by voters in the North West. Contemplating his defeat on Sunday evening the far-right ex-European politician told Sky News "yep, we are indeed what you call 'racist'." Which might be one of the reasons he didn't get that many votes.
Scuffles broke out as Griffin arrived at Manchester Town Hall for the count. Protesters screaming, "Nazi scum" surrounded his car and dozens of police officers struggled to keep them separated from Griffin and a handful of his supporters.
He had to duck placards hurled at him and dodge attackers who broke through police barriers, with officers rugby tackling some of them, before Griffin was taken into the safety of the town hall.
Out of breath and breathing heavily, Griffin said his reception at the town hall was "fairly typical". Andrew Brons, who was elected for the BNP in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2009 but quit the party two years later, also lost his seat.
Griffin also declared that the victory of the far-right Front National in France was "good news" for the continent.
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