The Daily Telegraph

Fireman sacked by union over Brexit support wins payout

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

A FIREFIGHTE­R has been awarded more than £8,000 in compensati­on after he was sacked by his union for speaking out in favour of Brexit.

Paul Embery’s outspoken political views – voiced at a rally – led to him being called a “disgrace to the traditions of the labour movement” by Matt Wrack, the general secretary of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU).

At the 2019 event, he had called for Brexit to be fully implemente­d, even if it meant leaving the EU without a deal.

He was suspended for allegedly criticisin­g the Remain-supporting union’s position and fired from his post following what an employment tribunal has now concluded was a “witch hunt”.

The panel found that there was an “agenda” to have Mr Embery – now a presenter on GB News – removed and ordered the FBU to pay him £8,308 in compensati­on for unfair dismissal.

Mr Embery was advised not to speak at Leave Means Leave because it might breach a policy which banned FBU officials from campaignin­g with political opponents in the referendum – but the policy was not in force after the vote.

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