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BNP: 'Schumacher would do anything to be bankrupt'

The BNP's head press officer Simon Darby reportedly said "Michael Schumacher has millions in the bank, but he'd do anything to be in Nick's (Griffin) position now" after the party's leader was declared bankrupt.

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BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt for a year

Nick Griffin at a protest in June Credit: ITV News

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

He was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the North West region of England in 2009. He has vowed to stand again in May.

The Electoral Commission said bankruptcy in itself does not bar someone from being an MEP or standing for election, but only if a bankruptcy restrictions order or debt relief restrictions order was made - which did not occur in Mr Griffin's case.

Griffin: 'Being bankrupt does not prevent me being or standing as an MEP'


BNP leader Nick Griffin is declared bankrupt

The BNP leader Nick Griffin has confirmed he has been declared bankrupt, but that it does not affect his role as an MEP:


A note for all: 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 & I will be lead candidate in the North West.

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

Nick Griffin travels to Syria on 'fact finding mission'

BNP leader Nick Griffin has revealed to his Twitter followers that he has arrived in Damascus on what he claims is a "fact finding mission".

The far-right politician said life in the Syrian capital was "normal" and referred to the country as a "stable secular state".

Nick Griffin tweeted a photo appearing to show he had arrived in Syria Credit: Twitter / @nickgriffinmep

"Cameron and Hague plan to send UK money and weapons to rebels dominated by Islamist jihadis like killers of Lee Rigby," he tweeted.

BNP leader lays flowers at soldier's death site

British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin today laid flowers at the site of Drummer Lee Rigby's death in Woolwich, south London.

The far-right politician claimed he had come for personal rather than political reasons.

BNP leader Nick Griffin leaves flowers at the scene where the soldier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich. Credit: Empics
Members of the media gather round BNP leader Nick Griffin as he lays flowers in Woolwich. Credit: Empics


Griffin 'will not face action' over gay couple tweets

BNP leader Nick Griffin will not face any action after he published the address of a gay couple who won a landmark legal ruling on Twitter, police told the BBC.

The MEP published the address of Michael Black and John Morgan on the social networking site and called for a demonstration to be held outside their home.

Following a police investigation and advice from the Crown Prosecution Service no criminal offences were identified.

– Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson

Nick Griffin: I didn’t post a menacing message

Nick Griffin MEP Credit: Mike Hornby/PA Wire

The BNP leader Nick Griffin has denied that the comments he made on Twitter were in any way menacing. He told Sky News:

"I was very angry in the way in which left-wing political activists and a minority of gay activists are working with left-wing judges to use the Human Rights Act to persecute ordinary people, especially Christians.

"I most definitely didn’t post a menacing message and there’s nothing inciteful [sic]. I said that we’d be holding a demonstration on behalf of everybody including gay people to decide who they have and don’t have in their homes. I don’t think that could be described as menacing.

"I only regret that we haven’t so far found the address of the judge who made that outrageous judgement because when we do we’ll be looking at a demonstration somewhere near that."

Nick Griffin Twitter comments 'incoherent'

Michael Black, whose address was allegedly published by Nick Griffin, has described the BNP leader's tweets as "incoherent". He told BBC Breakfast:

We were shocked to hear about it and the more we read about it the more incoherent they seemed.

So we don't really know what Nick Griffin is getting at.

He accuses us of being heterophobic which is far from the truth and he has accused us of trying to outlaw Christianity which is not true either.

The [court] finding of discrimination protects Christians from being discriminated against as well as people who are gay or different races or different religions.

His partner John Morgan said the couple have not been at the address that was allegedly published and that "local police are keeping their eye on the property".

Nick Griffin unapologetic in new tweets

The BNP leader Nick Griffin has published two new tweets in which he appears to make reference to his earlier controversial comments.

He suggests the reaction to his comments has been disproportionate because gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell "can claim" to be offended by them.


If you get burgled & police don't want to know, just tweet something Peter Tatchell can claim to be offended . .

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