Teachers who are members of political Parties.

North Down Borough Council did not have the information requested.

Dear Sir or Madam,

By letter of 30 September 2009, The Secretary of State Ed Balls appointed Maurice Smith to enquire into the "promotion of racism in schools". Part of the review is aimed at determining whether members of the British National Party (BNP) should be allowed to work as teachers or in the wider school workforce.

Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am referring to education.

1. Has your authority ever found a member of the BNP or any other political Party guilty of a disciplinary offence related to their Party membership whilst teaching in the last three years? If so please give information as to when and how many.
2. Has any parent complained to you regarding the Party membership of any employee or the expression of political views within School classrooms under your authority during the last three years?
3. What safeguards do you currently have in place to prevent members of any political Party promoting their views within Schools?

Mark Walker
Solidarity Trade Union

Dear Sir or Madam,

Your response is overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Walker

North Down Borough Council

Dear Mr Walker
I respond to an EMail received from you
in relation to the above matter.
I wish to advise you that this Council has no record of receiving a
Freedom Of Information request from you.
As Councils in Northern Ireland do not have responsibility for Education
or the employment of teachers, I would not have been in a position to
respond to such a request.


James Kilpatrick
Senior Administrative Officer
North Down Borough Council
Town Hall
The Castle
BT20 4BT

Tel: (028) 9127 0371
Fax: (028) 9127 1370
Website: www.northdown.gov.uk

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