BNP leader and member of European Parliament, Nick Griffin, was declared bankrupt yesterday at Welshpool and Newtown County Court. After falling into debt with a group of solicitors (following a legal disagreement), Griffin has made it clear that his bankruptcy does not affect his seat in future elections or parliament, as he was not subject to a Bankruptcy Restriction Order. He became the British National Party’s leader in 1999 and joined European Parliament in 2009.
Griffin is well known for his public and controversial views over the years on topics such as race, civil partnerships and immigration. Since yesterday, he has wanted to make it absolutely clear that his duties to the BNP party and parliament are not affected whatsoever. He stated, ‘Being bankrupt does NOT prevent me being or standing as an MEP. It does free me from financial worries. A good day!’
Griffin later went on to say ‘I am now turning the experience to the benefit of hard-up constituents by producing a booklet on dealing with debt’.