A teacher who was banned from working with children after he was accused of engaging in oral sex with a 14-year-old boy regularly campaigned for the Labour Party according to photos exclusively obtained by Breitbart London.
Andrew Duffell, 29, was found guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” by The National College for Teaching Leadership (NCTL) last month after the mother of the boy found sexually explicit messages on her son’s phone.
Since the tribunal two photos have emerged of him helping on the campaign to unseat the Conservative MP for Stockton South in the North East of England. One of the photos appeared on a leaflet boasting that Labour had distrubuted 100,000 leaflets in the constituency (right).
In another Mr Duffell was seen with the former Liverpool Labour Councillor Louise Baldock, who hopes to overturn the wafer-thin 332 majority in May.
Local sources claimed she “worked closely” with Duffell, who was later accused of grooming the minor on Facebook before sending him sex messages. The boy’s mother put a stop to the abuse claiming it was clear her son was underage as he “very much looked like a child”.
Baldock denied doing anything wrong saying: “Andrew resigned from the Labour Party some time ago and has no association with me or my campaign. The most he ever did was deliver a few leaflets.
“I do however occasionally run into him at Ingleby Barwick functions as per the recent lighting of the Christmas Tree.”
The Darlington and Stockton Times reported that Duffell is unlikely to face any criminal charges for his actions but the NCTL panel concluded that he had “shown no remorse or insight into his behaviour.” They also claimed his understanding of his professional responsibilities was “seriously flawed”.
Duffell’s defence was that he believed the child was 16-years-old as that was what was listed on his Facebook page. The ‘relationship’ took place whilst he was assistant principal teacher for Business and Enterprise at Easingwold School, in North Yorkshire. He resigned in 2013 as a result of the allegations against him.
The former teacher is accused of messaging the boy, who attended a different school, on Facebook in 2012. They are believed to have met in July 2012 and swapped sexual WhatsApp messages, which were later found by the boy’s mother.
Baldock herself is no stranger to controversy. In 2007 she was forced to resign as the ethics spokesman for Labour on Liverpool Council after she accused Liberal Democrat members of being “opportunistic bastards”.