May 23, 2019 / 7:21 PM / a month ago

Labour party wins Dutch vote in European election - exit poll

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands’ Labour party won most Dutch votes for the European Parliament on Thursday, according to an exit poll, a surprise result that gives a boost to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans, Labour’s lead candidate.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservative VVD party finished second and easily saw off a challenge from the upstart nationalist Forum for Democracy party of populist Thierry Baudet.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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