BNP’s Nick Griffin declares bankruptcy: Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, has declared bankruptcy but says that it will not prevent him serving as an MEP
The MEP appeared at Welshpool County Court this week and declared himself bankrupt.
There was initially speculation that his bankruptcy would disqualify Mr Griffin from sitting as an MEP.
However, a rule change means that bankruptcy no longer automatically prevents someone sitting in the European Parliament.
Mr Griffin claimed that he will now write a booklet on “dealing with debt”.
Mr Griffin wrote on Twitter: “A note for all: Being bankrupt does not prevent me being or standing as an MEP. It does free me from financial worries.”
He added: “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.”
A spokesman said that it is “business as usual” for the party and for Mr Griffin.
“He was in Welshpool magistrates,” the spokesman said. “He tried to have a settlement with the firm of solicitors who were after him. They simply refused…they weren’t having anything other than bankruptcy.
“But politically it makes no difference.”
In June Mr Griffin visited Syria on what he described as a “fact finding mission”.
Calling Damascus a “modern, bustling city”, he compared security to that of Belfast during the Troubles, and aside from “occasional explosions” in the distance, said life in the Syrian capital was “normal”.
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.
Editorial. Lawks what a laugh! Wales’s second biggest landowner declares himself bankrupt and it’s not even April Fools Day! And as if that wasn’t sufficient cause for hilarity, what else do we find but this gold plated spoon fed product of the affluent English public school system is writing a pamphlet to tell “hard-up constituents” how to manage their money. Come off it Nick. We don’t know what you’re up to, but phrases like “man of straw” come all too readily to mind.
Still, if nothing else, he’s just shot himself straight through the foot. How on earth can voters be expected to trust someone to manage their finances as an MEP when he can’t even manage his affairs?