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Row over Lambeth racism inquiry

Issue No. 1944

Instead of acting to implement the findings of a public inquiry into institutional racism, a south London council is trying to use inquiry evidence given by a victimised black worker against him.

Lambeth council was forced to set up the public inquiry two years ago. It promised there would be no reprisals against those giving evidence.

But the council is now trying to use the testimony of Alex Owolade, a sacked union activist, in legal proceedings against an order by an employment tribunal to reinstate him.

The chair of the inquiry, Professor Chris Mullard, wrote to Lambeth last December to say he was alarmed that the council was using Owolade’s testimony in this way.

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Sat 26 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1944
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