September 19, 2008
Posted by Antifascist
Adam Walker, who taught at Houghton Kepier sports college, a foundation school in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, has stood as a candidate for the BNP in local elections and is president of the party's closely affiliated trade union Solidarity. He is accused of expressing views "suggestive of racial and religious intolerance" in an online forum.
Walker resigned from his post at the school after the disciplinary action was taken. The allegations date back to spring 2007.
The comments he is accused of making have not been made public but will be closely scrutinised in the General Teaching Council hearing later this year.
Walker is currently attempting to have the GTC chairwoman, Judy Moorhouse, removed from the disciplinary hearing panel, claiming she is biased against him. He told the Times Educational Supplement that the case was being "driven by political spite", adding: "No other teacher at the school has had their internet use monitored in the way mine was. My real crime is political dissidence."
Christina McAnea, of Unison, said: "Schools should be centres of learning and tolerance, not breeding grounds for the poisonous views of the BNP."
Walker worked as a supply teacher at Teesdale school in Barnard Castle, County Durham, last year. He stood as a BNP candidate for Tudhoe in the Durham county council elections in May.