The BNP's European election campaign has been thrown into disarray after promotional leaflets posted through thousands of letterboxes in Nick Griffin's own constituency were found to be illegal, it was announced yesterday.

Police are investigating days before polling day after a number of residents in the north west found the BNP's EU election campaign leaflets did not meet basic Electoral Commission guidelines as they had no imprint. An imprint must be included on all printed campaign material such as posters and leaflets, the EC guidelines for candidates standing in the European parliamentary elections state.

The name and address of the printer, the promoter and any person on behalf of whom the material is being published must be featured on the imprint.

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