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The UK Independence Party has won its first seat in Scotland in the European elections, reflecting dramatic gains nationwide.
The SNP gained the most votes north of the border. In the North West of England, Labour topped the polls.
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A BNP spokesman said: ''Mr Griffin has already declared that no-one was offended at his comments.
''We have a number of members who have disabilities who are very happy with Mr Griffin's leadership.
''People with disabilities call each all sorts of names - that's one of the ways they deal with it. We shouldn't be trying to make something out of nothing.
''People with disabilities are perfectly entitled to talk about them.
''And let's remember, Mr Griffin gets called all sorts of things all the time.''
Nick Clegg should not face a leadership challenge despite a "staggeringly disappointing" European election result, party president Tim Farron has insisted.
The Lib Dems "paid the price" for the decision to fight a strongly pro-European campaign, he said, as the party narrowly avoided a wipeout in the contest.
But Mr Farron told Sky News that the party's leader, who is facing calls from some activists including general election candidates to step down, should be praised for having the "backbone" to take an unpopular position over the EU and confront Ukip's "threat to British cultural values".
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The BNP leader Nick Griffin has defended his use of the word 'crip' to describe a party colleague who walks with a walking stick.
Granada's camera clearly picked up Mr Griffin saying 'let's wait for the crips' after being asked to wait by the BNP member as they entered Manchester Town Hall to hear the Euro election results
Our reporter Daniel Hewitt then confronted Mr Griffin and challenged him about the use of the word - to which the BNP leader said it was acceptable as the man was a friend.
Mr Griffin lost the seat on the European Parliament he won five years ago.
Shadow minister for disabled people Kate Green, who is also the MP for Stretford and Urmston, said afterwards: ''I am absolutely horrified and disgusted.
''It just reminds us of why we are so pleased and proud to have kicked Nick Griffin out of the North West this evening.
''The language he used is unacceptable, offensive, disgraceful - it's intolerable.''
The results of the eight North West MEPs are:
3 Labour: T.Griffin, A. Khan, J. Ward
3 UKIP: P. Nuttall, L. Bours, S. Woolfe
2 Conservative: J. Foster, S. Karim
Labour topped the ballots with 594,063 votes. UKIP followed with 481,932 votes.
Both the Liberal Democrats and the BNP have lost their only seats in the region.
Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has appealed for an end to "absolutely foolish" calls for Nick Clegg to quit as party leader.
In a call for unity Mr Farron said: "Nick Clegg should undoubtedly stay and the Liberal Democrats should stay the course in Government."
He told The Andrew Marr Show: "I have lost elections before and it is miserable, and I also understand why these people will feel that the message that they got back on the doorstep, that they don't like us being in government and so on, is a really difficult one.
"But I just think, at this time, it would be absolutely foolish for us as a party to turn on ourselves."
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