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Wednesday 16 April 2014

BNP's Nick Griffin declared bankrupt

British National Party Chairman Nick Griffin joins members of the British Veterans' Group outside the Old Bailey in London ahead of a court hearing of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22,  who are charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 18, 2013. See PA story COURTS Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
British National Party Chairman Nick Griffin joins members of the British Veterans' Group outside the Old Bailey in London ahead of a court hearing of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, who are charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby

BNP leader Nick Griffin has been declared bankrupt but insisted he will continue as member of the European Parliament for the North West and run for re-election in May.

A listing at the Insolvency Service showed Mr Griffin was declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown County Court.

Mr Griffin 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."

Mr Griffin will be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in one year, on January 2 2015, in accordance with the Insolvency Act.

Mr Griffin was elected for the North West region of England in 2009.

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.

Restrictions are only triggered if an individual is made subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or debt relief restrictions order.

The Insolvency Service said such orders had not been made in Mr Griffin's case.

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