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BNP teacher takes Michael Gove to court over ban

BNP activist Adam Walker pictured outside Leeds Crown Court today. Credit: PA

A teacher who is an activist with the British National Party has taken the Education Secretary and the regulatory body to court after he was struck off for life.

Adam Walker is challenging the ban authorised by Michael Gove which followed him receiving a suspended sentence for verbally abusing three schoolboys, chasing them in his car and slashing the tyres on their bikes with a Stanley knife.

At the Administrative Court sitting in Leeds, the 44-year-old claimed the decision to ban him for life was "prejudiced" because of his BNP support.

Mr Walker, an IT teacher who qualified in 2000, appeared before a conduct committee in 2010 after he labelled some immigrants "savage animals" on an internet forum using a school laptop.