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BNP leader Nick Griffin calls party colleague with walking stick a 'crip'

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.''

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