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Police worker sacked for singing patriotic songs

21st May 2010

Civil Liberty correspondent

 
Anglo Saxon band member victim of anti-English racism
Anglo Saxon band member victim of anti-English racism
 
A patriotic singer from Morley, near Leeds in Yorkshire, has lost his claim for unfair dismissal from West Yorkshire Police.

Gary Marsden l'Anson was arrested and sacked over his alleged association with the British National Party (BNP) and for allegedly using work time to compile music CDs for his band Anglo Saxon.

The public imaging officer of 23 years claimed at the employment tribunal that West Yorkshire Police had unfairly dismissed and discriminated against him.

Now unemployed, Mr l'Anson, 48, said: "It's a sad day for freedom of speech, artictic expression, liberty, democracy and human rights. It is a good day for political correctness."

He denies any political links to the BNP and says he is not racist, but regards himself as an "anti-terrorist patriot."

He said the police were "talking nonsense" about his case.

In 2007, he was arrested by his employers on suspicion of possession of written material with intent to incite racial hatred, but no charges were ever brought. He was eventually sacked in February 2009 after a two year investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Read more and listen to Anglo Saxon's music here.

 

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