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Tribunal rejects BNP man's claim
Councillor Arthur Redfearn: Picture from Bradford City Council
Mr Redfearn became a councillor in June 2004
A British National Party councillor's claim that he was removed from his job on racial grounds has been dismissed by an employment tribunal.

Arthur Redfearn, the Bradford City member for Wisbey, worked for the Serco company, driving a bus for children and adults with special needs.

He was dismissed in June 2004 after his BNP association was said to have posed a risk to users of the service.

Mr Redfearn said he is considering an appeal against the decision.

Serco's general manager, Geoffrey Binnington, said: "We are responsible for people who are vulnerable and who have special needs on a daily basis.

"If someone approached Mr Redfearn because of his associations it could pose a risk to these people."

Mr Redfearn started work with the company in December 2003 and the tribunal noted he had been a satisfactory employee until it was noticed he was standing as a BNP candidate in local elections.

Speaking about the tribunal's decision, Mr Redfearn said it was "a fundamental breach of my human rights."

He is now training to be a painter and decorator and said he will be talking to his lawyers about a possible appeal.

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