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Tuesday, 18 June, 2002, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
BNP candidate is sacked
B&Q says Mr Scott was affecting staff morale
A British National Party (BNP) candidate who fought an election campaign on Tyneside has been sacked from his job.

Kevin Scott, a regional organiser for the far-right party, received 185 votes in the Bensham ward of Gateshead Borough Council.

Now the 36-year-old has been dismissed from his job with DIY chain B&Q in Scotswood, Newcastle.

The company says Mr Scott was not sacked for his political beliefs, but because he was affecting staff morale.


I'm going to fight my corner on this one, because I strongly believe in the right to have whatever political beliefs I like

Kevin Scott

The company acted after managers at the store and at the national headquarters received complaints from customers and staff.

Some customers also protested outside the warehouse after the father-of-two stood in the elections.

A spokeswoman for the DIY store said Mr Scott was not dismissed because of his political beliefs but because morale was low at the outlet.

She said: "We are an equal opportunities employer and believe our staff are entitled to hold whatever political beliefs they choose.

'Phone calls'

"But we thought long and hard about what to do about Mr Scott as his presence was creating problems for us.

"The reason he was dismissed after an investigation was because it was causing disturbances in the store.

"We were getting mail and lots of phone calls from concerned customers. Staff were raising concerns with us.

"We are in the business of serving customers and if that is impeded then we have to take action."

Mr Scott said: "I'm going to fight my corner on this one because I strongly believe in the right to have whatever political beliefs I like.

'Nothing wrong'

"I have submitted my claim to the employment tribunals."

Phil Edwards, a spokesman for the British National Party, said the way Mr Scott had been treated was "despicable."

He said: "He has done nothing wrong.

"They are spineless people, employers have a certain paternalistic responsibility to their workforce - a worker is supposed to be an asset and they are supposed to look after these people."

The spokesman said the party would back Mr Scott in any subsequent employment tribunal.


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