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Race ruling against BNP official
John Walker
The T&G says the ruling against John Walker is very good news
The treasurer of the far-right British National Party (BNP) has lost his claim for 60,000 compensation after he was expelled from a trade union.

John Walker, 42, from Deeside, north Wales, had claimed he was discriminated against by the Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G).

But an employment tribunal has rejected his claim and ruled that comments he made could encourage racism.

Mr Walker is believed to be considering an appeal.

He was expelled by the T&G in August 2004. The union said it was because he was inciting racial harassment contrary to its rules, and his membership of the BNP was "irrelevant".

When Mr Walker lost an appeal, he went to the tribunal. It has now emerged that the tribunal decided in favour of the union.

In a written judgment, the tribunal said that comments made by Mr Walker, including telling a local newspaper he was "standing up for the interests of the white community" could encourage racism.

A union spokesman said the ruling was "very good news".

He added: "The tribunal has now confirmed the union's decision to expel Mr Walker for advocating views which were against the union's rules, was justified.

"Mr Walker's case was considered by the internal disciplinary process and confirmed by the union's national executive."




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