BNP leader Nick Griffin was served with a legal claim yesterday for an £8,000 debt as he launched the far-right party's Euro election campaign. It follows the continued unauthorised use of a picture of UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the party's website.
The BNP has refused to remove the shot by freelancer Mark Croucher, despite being warned of court action in January.
A party spokesman said: "We'll probably challenge the judgment." Bailiffs handed over the documents as the party gathered in Grays, Essex. Mr Griffin is standing as a candidate in the North West where the party needs less than 10 per cent of the overall vote to gain a foothold in Europe. A seat in Brussels would allow them to claim tens of thousands of pounds in taxpayer-funded aid.
But a YouGov poll showed four per cent support for the BNP which, according to a leaked memo, has abandoned a national campaign to concentrate on targeted areas.
Anti-fascist group Searchlight said: "Its support appears to be fading."