The bankruptcy of the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, has dealt a further blow to the far-right organisation, which has been rocked by the departure of scores of key activists and a dramatic slump in its popularity at the ballot box.
Griffin’s name was published by the Insolvency Service after he was declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown county court on Thursday. This followed a dispute between Griffin and a firm of solicitors over outstanding debts of £120,000.
The judgment marks a new low for Griffin and the BNP, which a few years ago boasted 57 councillors, two MEPs and a London assembly member.
Now the party, which has been dogged by allegations of financial mismanagement, has just a smattering of local councillors, and experts say that by May the UK could be “BNP-free” for the first time in a decade if Griffin fails to retain his seat in the European parliamentary elections.
“The important point is that, while Griffin is now personally bankrupt, the party he leads is undoubtedly politically bankrupt,” said Matthew Goodwin, an expert on far-right politics at Nottingham University. “The BNP is finished in elections, and at the European elections this May Griffin is almost certain to lose his seat in the north-west, which will mean for the first time since 2001 Britain will be effectively BNP-free.”