SOCIALIST parties across Europe have been punished by voters backing a string of centre-right groups, it emerged yesterday as the last batch of results from the European elections started to come through.
THE FAR-RIGHT British National Party could reap £4 million after winning its first term in the European Parliament, giving it financial ammunition for the general election.
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THE Scottish National Party beat Labour into a humiliating second place in Scotland today in the European elections.
ALEX Salmond today hailed a "historic" victory after the SNP humiliated Labour in the battle for Scottish votes in the European elections.
SNP leaders claimed they were on course for big wins in the next Scottish and UK elections last night, after comfortably winning the biggest share of the vote in the European elections in Scotland. With every result declared except the Western Isles, the SNP secured about 29 per cent of the popular vote, well ahead of Labour on about 21 per cent of the vote.
EARLY results and exit polls showed conservatives racing towards victory last night in some of Europe's largest economies.
LABOUR suffered a mauling at the hands of the SNP as disastrous European election results across the UK dealt another shattering blow to Gordon Brown's insistence that he will not step down as Prime Minister.
LABOUR'S senior Scottish Euro MP warned that his party is in for a "very bad day" when the European election results are announced.
TOMORROW'S elections to the European Parliament look like being the most unpredictable and volatile since Britain joined the EU 35 years ago.
GORDON Brown's authority suffered a devastating blow yesterday when a succession of ministers and MPs lined up to abandon his government just two days before the crucial European elections.
MSPS have given themselves a paid day off to carry out last-minute campaigning for the European elections.
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