A teacher at a top prep school has been exposed as having worked for the British National Party.
Drama mistress Emma-Louise Chamberlain, 32, has been teaching at Dulwich College Preparatory School for two years. Pupils at the school, which caters for three to 13-year-olds, include the son of a senior Tory politician. It has emerged that Miss Chamberlain lost her previous job after her employers found she had done work for the far-Right party.
The former actress had presented online videos broadcast on the BNP's website. In one she interviewed a senior party figure charged with inciting racial hatred. She also lectured party activists on public speaking, giving advice such as: 'The sound of Winston Churchill's voice provokes feelings of pride and victory in the hearts of every true Briton.'
This week her name appeared on the list, leaked on the internet, of 12,500 alleged members and contacts of the party.
George Marsh, headmaster at the £13,000-a-year school, said he had previously been unaware of Miss Chamberlain's BNP links and has begun an investigation. But one parent said: 'The school should have examined Miss Chamberlain's work history more closely - they should never have hired a woman with such close links to Right-wing extremists.'
University-educated Miss Chamberlain lost her job teaching drama to children between four and 14 for the Astor Theatre Arts Centre, in Deal, Kent, after it was revealed that she had presented filmed interviews on the BNP website.
One online interview was with the head of publicity Mark Collett during his 2006 trial alongside party leader Nick Griffin on charges of inciting racial hatred. Mr Collett was cleared.
Miss Chamberlain's boyfriend David Green, a lawyer, said: 'Emma bitterly opposes the BNP and so do I.'
Her lawyer said she 'is not a member of the BNP and never has been. Neither is she a sympathise'. She was approached whilst working as a freelance actress and voiceover artist to carry out work for the BNP over which she had no editorial control.'
Mr Marsh added: 'We are aware Miss Chamberlain is an alleged contact of the BNP. She has categorically denied she ever has been a member.'