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Harborough exec will keep job after sending ‘inappropriate’ email

A building society executive at the centre of a storm over homophobic comments has kept his job.

Market Harborough Building Society director held a board meeting last month to discuss an email sent by Paul Beardsmore from his work computer.

In the email he claimed that: “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.”

Chief executive Philip Dearing says: “Mr Beardsmore’s comments were entirely personal and do not represent MHBS policy. The society has policies and training in place to ensure that we treat all staff and customers equally without discrimination, regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Mr Beardsmore, in discharging his society duties, fully complies with this.

“Nevertheless, his method of communicating his personal comments was, on this occasion, totally inappropriate and not in accordance with society policy. We have already dealt with this break in procedure but the action taken will remain a matter between the employee and the society. Mr Beardsmore will continue in his current role.”

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