9 Jun 2021

Tory peer under fire from female employee he victimised and discriminated against


He’s a Conservative peer who’s given more than £1.5 million to the party and hosted cabinet ministers at his 70th birthday celebrations.

But a former employee is today calling for the PM to suspend Lord Ranger, claiming she was unfairly dismissed after speaking out about a senior manager who a tribunal found had subjected her to unwanted sexual advances – a manager who is still employed by the Tory donor’s company.

Update: In 2020 an employment tribunal made findings of harassment, direct discrimination and victimisation against Lord Ranger, Sun Mark and others as well as a sexual harassment claim against an employee. Lord Ranger lost an appeal against the discrimination and harassment claims but he and the other respondents won the right for the victimisation claim to be reheard. The victimisation issue has now been dropped by the claimant. Following a remedy hearing in January 2023 a judge at the Employment Tribunal in Watford decided to strike out all of the claimant’s compensation claim saying her failure to disclose a phone and notebook had been vexatious and unreasonable.