What next for the government?

June 8, 2009

Reuters UK Chief Correspondent Keith Weir assesses the European election results and the challenges facing Prime Minister Gordon Brown after support for the Labour Party plunged to its lowest level in a century in European elections.

The collapse in the Labour vote in the European Parliament election, which followed a dismal showing in local government elections last week, helped the far-right British National Party win its first two seats in the European Parliament.

Labour won 15.7 percent of the European vote, behind the anti-EU UK Independence Party on 16.5 percent and the Conservatives on 27.7. Labour’s vote was about seven points down from the 2004 European election.

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