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Magnus Gardham Political Editor THE Scottish Greens are in a battle with Ukip to win one of Scotland's six European parliament seats, leader Patrick Harvie has said. Speaking at the launch of the Greens' campaign in Edinburgh, the MSP urged Scots to reject Nigel Farage's party, branding it "racist". Condemning Ukip's anti-immigration stance, he said: "Most people don't want to vote for a racist party, and it's important that the true values of a party like that are exposed and that people understand what it really represents". He hit out as Mr Farage prepared to launch Ukip's campaign in Edinburgh tonight in his fist visit to the city since he was barracked by protestors, including members of the Radical Independence Campaign, and needed to be locked into in a Royal Mile pub for his own safety. Three opinion polls taken in April suggest Ukip has more support heading towards the May 22 election, putting them as high as 10 percent, compared with the Greens at a high of 6 percent. If correct, Ukip are close to the usual threshhold for winning a European seat under the proportional voting system, though the SNP remain confident of taking their tally of MEPs from two to three at the expense of the Lib Dems, whose support has fallen back according to the polls.
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