Because Mr Knowles who had worked in the school governor support team in the children’s services department at Leeds City Council has been sacked after he had been exposed by a national newspaper as an EDL supporter and prominent contributor to numerous websites.
Herewith part of the correspondence between the council and Mr Knowles:
“….The council has received allegations that you may have engaged in political activities, which could be viewed as improper activities for an employee of the council to be engaging in, and contrary to the councils values and equal opportunities policies.
“….The investigation into allegations that you have engaged in political activities, which could be viewed as improper activities for an employee of the council to be engaging in, has been completed. You are required to attend a meeting….”
“The council has concluded that your behaviours and values are so different from the council’s values, that this is a fundamental breach of your employment contract.”
British Gazette comment: As a Leeds Council Tax payer it is my council services that will be cut to pay the thousands upon thousands of £ it is going to cost Leeds City Council for its action. This is because Mr Knowles is taking action against his former employer. His Employment Tribunal hearing is on 13th March 2013 and if he does not succeed he will likely take his case through the English Courts (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and if not successful to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This court has already ruled in favour of a former bus driver a Mr Redfearn sacked for being a member of the BNP. Please note the council will not only have to pay Mr Knowles compensation, they will have to pay his legal costs as well as their own. So all this money is wasted on what is an open and shut case of trampling on some one’s human rights.