SNP councillor who accused party of racism fails at employment tribunal over lack of jurisdiction
The SNP denied the allegations, including that she was sent a racially abusive email.
However, the councillor said she would challenge the ruling.
Alastair Bryce, for Ms Hongmei Jin, said her initial listing and removal was equivalent to being placed on a list by a qualifications board before being removed – giving the employment tribunal jurisdiction.
Westwater Advocates’ Calum MacNeill QC, for the SNP, opposed Mr Bryce’s call for adjournment and cited an English judge who said that while qualification lists were decided on professional merit, political candidacy was a matter of popularity.
Tribunal judge Peter Wallington QC ruled the tribunal lacked jurisdiction, adding that Mr Bryce accepted the distinction between qualification and candidacy lists.
Ms Hongmei Jin said: “I feel the route to justice is blocked” and expressed concern that there was no adjournment, preventing evidence on jurisdiction being included.
She added: “I feel they should have considered a second hearing so at least we could better prepare.
“This is now a public interest case and I will start a campaign.”
“I need to get my case heard.
“We are only at the start. There is evidence that still needs to be heard and questions that still remain to be answered.”