CHERIE Blair’s stepmother has won her whistleblowing case against her former employer.
An employment tribunal ruled Stephanie Booth, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, had been unfairly dismissed by vocational education provider Cool UK.
Mrs Booth, the stepmother of former prime minister Tony Blair’s wife, was sacked after branding the organisation “chaotic” and said it was failing children.
The tribunal found she was made redundant as a direct result of having voiced her concerns.
Mrs Booth said: “This is a fantastic result not least because it shines the spotlight on education services such as Cool UK that fail to provide the best service they can – especially those for vulnerable young people.
“I took a personal risk in standing up for what I believed in and for delivering difficult truths to my former employer.
“I have now been vindicated.”
Her solicitor Jessica Learmond Criqui added: “We are delighted that Steph Booth has been vindicated.
“Today’s judgement from the employment tribunal sends a very clear message to employers that they cannot resort to silencing measures against employees who raise legitimate concerns.
“Whistleblowing takes a lot of courage and I hope that Steph’s experience acts as a beacon to other would-be whistleblowers who can take comfort in the fact that the law will support them if they are mistreated by their employers because they have blown the whistle.”