Jay Lee

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Jay Lee was a British National Party (BNP) member, who fought a legal battle after being expelled from a trade union.

Lee, a driver for Virgin Trains, stood as a BNP candidate in the 2002 local elections in Bexley and was subsequently expelled from the train drivers' union ASLEF for BNP membership.[1] In May 2003, an Employment Tribunal ruled that Lee had been wrongly expelled from the union, finding ASLEF had breached section 174 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act.[2]

On 24 January 2004, the decision was overturned by an Employment Appeal Tribunal, which referred the case back to a new tribunal.[1] On 7 October 2004, the new tribunal ruled in Lee's favour, awarding him at least £5,000.[3] Lee also sued for libel after he was described as a racist, seeking aggravated damages from two senior trade unionists and two journalists.[1] In January 2006, ASLEF paid £30,000 in an out-of-court settlement to cover Lee's legal costs in the libel case, but Lee did not receive any personal damages.[4]

ASLEF subsequently took the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that UK law was in breach of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights. On 27 February 2007, the Court unanimously upheld ASLEF's claim that there had been a violation of the Convention and that ASLEF was entitled to expel Lee from the union.[5][6]

Lee was represented at the Employment Tribunal by Lee Barnes (the BNP "legal officer") and in the libel case by Adrian Davies.[7]

Jay Lee left the BNP in 2010 due to disagreements with the Nick Griffin leadership. He had been a member for 18 years in total.[citation needed]

Elections contested[edit]

UK Parliament

Date of election Constituency Party Votes  %
2005 general election Bexleyheath and Crayford BNP 1241 2.91[8]

European Parliament elections

Year Region Party Votes  % Result Notes
1999 Yorkshire and the Humber BNP 8,911 1.2 Not elected Multi-member constituency; party list
2004 London BNP 76,152 4.0 Not-elected Multi-member constituency; party list

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  1. ^ a b c Kevin Maguire (25 February 2004). "BNP member sues over being called racist". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  2. ^ Kevin Maguire (31 May 2003). "Union fights tribunal over BNP expulsion". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  3. ^ David Ward (8 October 2004). "BNP activist wins compensation for union expulsion". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  4. ^ David Hencke (12 January 2006). "Union pays £30,000 in BNP libel case". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "Union wins BNP expulsion ruling". BBC News. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  6. ^ European Court of Human Rights (27 February 2007). "CASE OF ASSOCIATED SOCIETY OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS & FIREMEN (ASLEF) v. THE UNITED KINGDOM". ECHR. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  7. ^ Lancaster Unity, "'Barmy' Barnes's Blog Backfires" 24 September 2007, accessed 16 January 2009
  8. ^ "Result: Bexleyheath & Crayford". BBC News. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 

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