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UKIP 'strong gains'

Mark Mardell | 21:34 UK time, Sunday, 7 June 2009

There are rumours sweeping the parliament - and I stress only rumours at this stage - that eurosceptic UKIP has done stunningly well. One suggestion is that they have come second, with 18 seats. If true, Mr Farage will have a very big smile on his face tonight.

Another politician who should be grinning is Italy's PM Silvio Berlusconi, whose new right-wing People of Freedom (PdL) party appears to have won almost 57% of the vote. A dramatic result for a party in government.


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