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NUT comments on police report into the death of NUT member Blair Peach

Commenting on the release of the previously secret Metropolitan Police report into the death of NUT member Blair Peach Christine Blower General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said;

"While we welcome that the report into the death of Blair Peach has finally been published after 31 years of long campaigning by his family and supporters, it is more than disappointing that details will be withheld. Surely the public has a right to know the full content of the document and for significant details not to be redacted.

"On the day of his death Blair Peach was in Southall to show solidarity and march against the presence of the far right party the National Front. Sadly more than three decades on we still have to mobilise against their modern day equivalent the BNP.

"It is vitally important that the BNP and any other party that promotes racist or fascist views do not gain a foothold in British politics. The growth of far-right organisations in recent years is of grave concern to the NUT, particularly when this means they could have influence on schools, and the lives of our members and the pupils they teach. That is why we are using our political fund to campaign vigorously against the BNP during the election period."

"The NUT Blair Peach Award has been set up to commemorate our former member and will be awarded to NUT members as a recognition of exemplary work in schools and Union branches for equality and diversity issues".

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