The leader of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin has today been declared bankrupt.

Despite some reports claiming that Griffin’s bankruptcy bars him standing as an MEP, that is incorrect, and he tweeted to say that he will still stand as the BNP’s lead candidate in the North West.

He tweeted: “I am now turning the experience to the benefit of hard-up constituents by producing a booklet on dealing with debt. No surrender!”

Many have pointed to the BNP’s electoral performance which indicates that voters are likely to remove him.

Griffin is known for his homophobic remarks.

The 54-year-old previously described gay people as “creepy” and admitted that he would like to ban civil partnerships.

He was in August criticised for homophobic and racist remarks as during a conversation with Twitter user Arif Ali, who is from Manchester, Griffin tweeted that he was a “hysterical little poof”.

In October 2012 he was criticised for posting the address of a gay couple on the internet and calling for his supporters to demonstrate outside their Cambridgeshire home.

It was over the decision of Reading County Court to rule in favour of Michael Black and John Morgan; the pair were prevented from sharing a room together at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire, in March 2010.