Nick Griffin declared bankrupt but BNP leader vows to run for re-election

The BNP leader Nick Griffin, seen here laying flowers close to the scene where Lee Rigby was killed, has been declared bankrupt. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The BNP leader Nick Griffin, seen here laying flowers close to the scene where Lee Rigby was killed, has been declared bankrupt. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin has been declared bankrupt, but the far-right politician has insisted he will continue as a member of the European Parliament.

Despite a listing at the Insolvency Service showing the controversial figure as bankrupt he said he will run for re-election in May and tweeted it was ‘a good day’.

The decision was made at Welshpool and Newtown County Court yesterday, meaning Mr Griffin will be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in one year, in accordance with the Insolvency Act.

The Barnet-born BNP leader, who was as an elected as an MEP for the North West region of England in 2009, tweeted: “Being bankrupt does not prevent me being or standing as an MEP.

“It does free me from financial worries. A good day!

“Party funds are not affected in any way. Our campaign in May will be our most professional yet and I will be lead candidate in the North West.

“I am now turning the experience to the benefit of hard-up constituents by producing a booklet on dealing with debt. No surrender.”

Advice published by the Electoral Commission said bankruptcy in itself does not bar someone from being a member of the European Parliament or standing for election, leaving Mr Griffin to continue in his role and to stand for another term.

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