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Bournemouth to defend ex-director's tribunal case

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Bournemouth BC has said it will defend a case being taken to an employment tribunal next week by its former finance director.

Liz Wilkinson has claimed she was constructively dismissed for blowing the whistle on aspects to the council’s outsourcing contract with Mouchel. The company was taken over by Kier in April.

The case is due to be heard at Southampton employment tribunal.

Ms Wilkinson has said her whistleblowing concerned questioning the value for money offered by the Mouchel deal.

But the council said in October 2014 that she had been suspended following unspecified complaints from other officers about her conduct.

In a statement last January council chief executive Tony Williams confirmed Ms Wilkinson had lodged a tribunal claim against the council, in which she claimed she had been constructively dismissed and “subjected to detriment for having made protected disclosures”.

Mr Williams said at the time that the council was “preparing a comprehensive response for presentation at the employment tribunal”.

A spokesman confirmed Bournemouth still intended to defend the action.

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