Ex-Tory loses tribunal

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A FORMER Tory Wigan councillor sacked after turning whistleblower, has lost his unfair dismissal claim.

Edward Houlton, 40, told Manchester Industrial Tribunal he was the victim of a campaign of in-office bullying, which management at the DWP’s Debt Management Centre ignored.

The father of one, who wanted to win back his job as an administration officer, said that, although the tribunal accepted that bullying had taken place, he had “lost on a technicality”.

Mr Houlton said: “Although I wanted my job back and the pay I have lost, there was always a wider point. Management at the DWP chose to ignore the abuse I have been suffering.”

The tribunal heard relations with management at the DWP centre in Salford plummeted when he made a complaint about the incorrect disposal of confidential files. A manager also told him off in front of staff for undermining his team’s figures by “working too hard”.

Counsel for the DWP Brian McCluggage said Mr Houlton was dismissed for gross misconduct because of the “content and language” in an email.