OK, we now have some results in on the European election in the UK (and, more importantly, I’m just back from the pub), so here are my first impressions:
1. The BNP have won 1 seat so war with 33 seats declared; they’ll probably pick up another one or two.
2. The English Democrats seem to be picking up 1-2% of the vote. They’ve also won the majoralty of Doncaster. This makes them an electorally serious political party; well done English Democrats.
3. The Tories won the most votes in Wales (21.2% v. Labour’s 20.3). Labour will be unhappy about this.
4. Labour’s share of the vote in North East England was down 9.1% to 25%; that’s seriously bad for them.