A very civilised anonymous commenter has asked me to state some of the facts surrounding the BNP's performance at the Euro elections. I am happy to oblige.
From the BBC website:
Nationwide, the BNP got 6.2% of the vote, which was a 1.3 point increase on last time. In terms of absolute votes cast for the BNP, they had 943,598 this time, compared to 808,200 in 2004. Total turnout was 34.48% compared to 38.2% in 2004.
In the North-West, where Nick Griffin was elected, the BNP received 8% of the vote, which was a 1.6 point increase. The BNP received here 132,094 which was a 2% decrease on 2004 when they received 134,959 votes in the North-West. Turnout was 31.7% compared to 40.9% in 2004.
In Yorkshire and Humberside, the BNP received 9.8% of the vote which was a 1.8 point increase. They received 120,139 votes, which was a 5% decrease on their figure for 2004, which was 126,538. Total turnout was 42.6% in 2004 and 32.3% this year.