A petition to reinstate a charity boss who was sacked after criticising the far-Left agenda of Black Lives Matter UK has already secured over 13,500 supporters.
Nick Buckley – awarded an MBE six months ago for his work with vulnerable youngsters – said he has been ‘proven right’ after he used a blog to warn of the ‘neo-Marxist’ policies of Black Lives Matter UK, which include ending capitalism and abolishing the police.
The Mail on Sunday last week revealed how Mr Buckley was dismissed by the trustees of Mancunian Way, a groundbreaking charity he founded nine years ago, after an online mob accused him of ‘inappropriate’ and ‘insensitive’ views.
Mancunian Way charity Nick Buckley (pictured) was sacked by the company he founded nine years ago after he criticised the Black Lives Matter UK for its far-Left agenda
An online petition calling for his removal as chief executive of Mancunian Way attracted 465 signatures.
It has now been dwarfed by the rival petition calling for him to be handed back his job. Mr Buckley said he had been overwhelmed by the support.
‘From the moment the [MoS] article landed, the petition took off immediately,’ he said.
A petition to reinstate the former charity boss has received over 13,500 signatures (pictured)
‘As well as the petition signatures, I have had hundreds of personal messages from as far afield as Australia expressing support and telling me to keep strong.’
He said people had thrown their weight behind BLM UK, which has raised more than £1 million in donations, without researching exactly what it stood for.
He added: ‘I think we were in some kind of national hysteria, blindness. Everyone now is slowly backtracking and trying to weasel their way out of who they have been supporting for the past couple of weeks.
'It has made me realise I was correct to speak out.’
Last week, Mancunian Way said its decision to terminate its relationship with Mr Buckley ‘was not based on, nor influenced by, his personal blog posts, nor any social media comments or online petitions’.
But the charity has refused to say why it did remove him.
Its interim chief executive, Joe Beech, said: ‘While Mr Buckley is focused on getting his name in the papers, our focus, as Mancunian Way, is on the important outreach work we do.’