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Harborough exec in talks over email

A Market Harborough Building Society executive is having talks with the company following an email he sent to a trade website saying freedom for homosexuality discriminates against Christianity.

General manager and secretary Paul Beardsmore is set for talks with chief executive Philip Dearing this week.

Beardsmore said in an email to a trade website: “Freedom for homosexual and transgender groups equals discrimination against Christianity (which is the source of civilisation as we have known it in this country). There is serious trouble ahead.”

He was responding to a survey by gay rights group Stonewall which stated that financial services organisations were improving their drive towards equality.

Dearing says: “Whatever we discuss will be between the two of us. We have an internet and email security policy and the society has an equal opportunities policy.

“These are his views and not the society’s views. Paul is a decent chap who holds strong religious beliefs.”

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