Rightwing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance has admitted it illegally fired and vilified whistleblower Shahmir Sanni.
Sanni became the target of vitriol after he revealed the massive overspending by Vote Leave during the 2016 Brexit campaign. At the time, he was described as a ‘Walter Mitty fantasist’ by Matthew Elliot, head of Vote Leave, to the BBC.
He was also targeted by Downing Street, who released a statement outing Sanni as gay. The whistleblower was then fired from running TaxPayers’ Alliance’s social media.
However, according to The Guardian, the alliance have now conceded they acted illegally. This makes them liable to pay substantial damages.
An unprecedented admission
The alliance has accepted the claims of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, direct discrimination, and ‘dismissal by reason of a philosophical belief in the sanctity of British democracy’.
The massive overspending by Vote Leave has now been found to be in breach of the law by the Electoral Commission.
This admission means the alliance’s relationship with Downing Street will be inspected in court.
Sanni told the Guardian: ‘It has proved that the TaxPayers’ Alliance sacked me for speaking the truth. And that there has been a coordinated effort by the Conservative establishment, including the government, to shut me down.
‘The TPA claimed to have lost a donor because of my actions. If they had fought the case in court as we wanted, they would have had to reveal who their donors are.
‘That they were prepared to admit their illegal behaviour on all counts shows how far they are willing to go to protect this information.’
Outed by the government
Earlier this year, Sanni says his public outing ‘robbed him’ of the important conversation he wanted to have with his family.
He told Gay Star News: ‘In my desperation for the truth to be revealed and my story to be told, the opportunity to say the most important words of my life to my mother, my brothers, and my sisters was stripped from me.’
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