Mark Walker (British National Party)

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Not to be confused with the lobbyist and Labour Party member Mark Walker


Mark Walker is a member of the British National Party and former candidate for the party. He is from Spennymoor, County Durham and is the brother of Adam Walker.

In November 2007 Walker was elected to the Solidarity Executive for a period of five years.[1] Solidarity is a self-described "nationalist union"[2] which has close links to far right organisations such as the BNP and Civil Liberty.

In March 2007 he was suspended from his position as technology teacher at Sunnydale Community College amid "claims he sent inappropriate emails to a 16-year-old former pupil and watched pornography on his laptop at work." No illegal content was found on Mark Walker’s laptop.[3]

In September 2007 a small demonstration was held in support of Mark Walker. Supporters claimed he was suspended for looking at the BNP website on a school computer.[4]

In March 2010 Walker was sacked from his position at Sunnydale Community College. The reason for his sacking was due to absenteeism and he lost his case for unfair dismissal.[5]

Walker was represented throughout the case by Patrick Harrington, General Secretary of Solidarity, co-founder of Third Way and a former National Front member.[6]


Notes

  1. '20/11/2007 - Results of Solidarity Executive Elections', Solidarity website
  2. British Worker, Solidarity - The Union for British Workers website
  3. Rachel Wearmouth, 'Mark Walker repeats claims that dismissal was a “hatchet job”', The Northern Echo, 12 April 2010.
  4. 'Demo over BNP teacher suspension', BBC website, 3 September 2007.
  5. Chris Fay, 'Mark Walker has lost his case for unfair dismissal', The Northern Echo, 4 March 2010.
  6. Chris Fay, 'Mark Walker has lost his case for unfair dismissal', The Northern Echo, 4 March 2010.