London mayoral candidate loses job over traditional Christian beliefs on marriage, abortion


A Christian mayoral candidate for a London borough has launched legal action after being sacked by her employer for expressing Christian beliefs on marriage as part of an election manifesto.

Maureen Martin, 56, from Lewisham, London, who is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was dismissed by her housing association employer, L&Q, for gross misconduct following three complaints.

“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.’ Matthew 24:12

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The case is believed to be the first of its kind to see a political candidate sacked by their employer for their Christian beliefs.

Miss Martin had worked for L&Q as a housing manager for 13 years with an unblemished record and had good relationships with LGBT-identifying colleagues and service users in her non-customer facing role.

Standing for the Christian People’s Alliance (CPA) since 2015, Miss Martin had previously had nomination papers signed by a previous line manager without issue, and in January 2022 had declared her role with the CPA on her employer’s register of interests.

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