A DISGRACED former Wearside teacher is the new man in charge of the far right British National Party.
A statement on the party’s website today confirms that former Houghton Kepier teacher Adam Walker has taken over as chairman after former leader Nick Griffin stood down.
“Recently Appointed Deputy Chairman, Adam Walker, has accepted the role of Acting Chairman of the British National Party after Nick Griffin stepped aside at a meeting of the BNP National Executive held on 19th July, 2014,” it says.
“The full National Executive are united in their support for Adam in this role.
“Nick Griffin has taken up the position of President.”
Adam Walker lost a legal challenge against former Education secretary Michael Gove earlier this year.
Mr Walker, who taught for 20 years and runs a karate club, had received a six-month suspended prison sentence and a year’s driving ban when he admitted dangerous driving at Durham Crown Court.
The court was told Mr Walker was verbally abused by three boys aged 12, 11, and 10, and chased them in his car, before slitting the tyres on their bikes with a Stanley knife.
He took the Education Secretary to court, claiming a decision to ban him from teaching for life which followed his sentencing was “prejudiced” because of his politics.
But following a hearing at the Administrative Court sitting in Leeds last month, Judge Clive Heaton QC has handed down a ruling which concluded: “I reject his argument as lacking any credible evidential base at all.”
Mr Walker, 44, a married father-of-two from Durham, had argued the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – which replaced the General Teaching Council – recommended he should be banned from the classroom for a minimum of two years.
But the punishment was increased to a life ban without review by a senior official, in Mr Gove’s name, the next day.
The former IT teacher, who qualified in 2000 and now works for two BNP MEPs, appeared before a conduct committee in 2010 after he labelled some immigrants “savage animals” on an Internet forum, using a school laptop.