Nick Griffin is officially bankrupt! A bankruptcy order was made at Welshpool County Court on Thrusday declaring the BNP leader as bankrupt.
Mr Griffin tweeted: “Being bankrupt does NOT prevent me being or standing as an MEP. It does free me from financial worries.”
He added: “I am now turning the experience to the benefit of hard-up constituents by producing a booklet on dealing with debt.”
Mr Griffin is planning to stand as a candidate in May’s election for the European Parliament.
A statement on the BNP website said the bankruptcy petition was presented for judgement by Mr Griffin’s former solicitors, Gilbert Davies and Partners.
The firm once represented Mr Griffin, including during the early stages of his long-running legal battle with the Equality and Human Rights Commission over the BNP’s membership rules.
Mr Griffin said he and the law firm had become involved in a legal dispute of their own, culminating in a court order last February ordering him to pay the law firm about £120,000 in fees and costs – a ruling he is intending to challenge in the High Court.
The firm confirmed that it was in a legal dispute with Mr Griffin but was not making any comment about the MEP’s claims.
Mr Griffin will be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in one year, on January 2 2015, in accordance with the Insolvency Act.
Source: BBC News