Euro Moments: Conservatives top 1999 European elections

This is part of a series of clips from the BBC archives on the subject of the UK and the EU - this clip taken from BBC News, was first broadcast on 14 June 1999.

The Conservatives overtook Labour as the biggest UK party in the European parliament after securing victory at the EU elections in 1999.

Conservative leader William Hague hailed the win as a vindication of his party's opposition to the euro.

Many smaller parties made historic gains at the poll, in part thanks to a new voting system of proportional representation - including the Greens, with their two seats, and the UK Independence Party, with three.

Centre-right parties across Europe made gains in the polls, with the European People's Party - the centre-right bloc in the Parliament - becoming the largest force in the assembly.

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