Judge rules belief in English identity a philosophy protected by law

A far-right politician who was sacked after bosses discovered his ‘offensive’ views when he ran for parliament has had his discrimination claim dismissed.

Graham Moore was suing London-based Southern Housing Group after he was fired for standing as the England Democrats’ candidate in the December 2019 general election.

His employers said he had not declared his intention to run, while his views on English nationalism had left other staff “distressed”.

Moore, who was fired in January 2020, claimed he had been discriminated against for his “race” as a “native Englishman” and for his philosophical belief in “English self-determination” and independence.

The self-proclaimed ‘Daddy Dragon’, who hosted a YouTube show called ‘The Full English’ on his page with 25,000 subscribers – before being banned from the site – believes in the ‘English constitution’ which began with Magna Carta in 13th century and believes that people guilty of treason against the state deserve the death penalty.

Employment judge Fiona Louise McLaren said Moore’s claims were unfounded because the company – which has offices in London and Horsham, West Sussex – was within its rights to fire him for failing to declare d ‘conflicting interests’ and for contacting a journalist and claiming he was being ‘harassed’ because of his beliefs.

However she ruled that a belief in England can pass as a “convincing and consistent” philosophical belief, protected by law.

Ruling at the South London Court in Croydon, Judge McLaren said: “We conclude that Moore’s belief in England as one nation under God, English self-determination and English independence, although based on his opinion on English history, amounts to a philosophical belief that is more than a statement of opinion.

Graham Moore (pictured) was suing Southern Housing Group after he was sacked when bosses discovered his ‘offensive’ and ‘disturbing’ views on English nationalism, which they said left other staff ‘distressed’

‘His Views – On Socialism Being Illegal [and] on what constitutes treason – potentially infringes on the rights of others in a democracy, but we conclude that his beliefs do not involve a very serious violation of the rights of others amounting to the destruction of those rights.

“He does not espouse violence or hatred in its most serious forms.

“We conclude that his beliefs fall into the category of beliefs that are offensive, shocking or even disturbing to others, but are among the less serious forms of hate speech that are not excluded from protection.”

Moore claims that the English “have been suppressed by the British since 1825” and insists that “English history is being erased”.

It also calls for the death penalty for those found guilty of treason, the court heard.

He once called Tory defector Anna Soubry – who opposed Brexit – a “traitor”.

The panel heard that when he landed a job as a project supervisor at the housing association he did not state his views and was a member of the English Democrats.

Moore was annoyed that he had to tick off “British” for his nationality during the application process because there was no “English” option, the hearing was told.

Shortly after joining the association in October 2019, Moore (far left) announced he was standing as a parliamentary candidate in London's Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency for the England Democrats in the general election of December.

Shortly after joining the association in October 2019, Moore (far left) announced he was standing as a parliamentary candidate in London’s Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency for the England Democrats in the general election of December.

He noted his ethnicity as ‘other ethnicity’ to reflect his English background, this was also heard.

Shortly after joining the association in October 2019, he announced he was standing as a parliamentary candidate in the constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford, London, for the England Democrats in the general election in December.

He suffered a resounding loss with 520 votes, just 1.2% of the total share.

His bosses were unaware of his specific beliefs, as he had not declared them when he joined, and at the time of the election his colleagues were “upset” when he spoke of his affiliation.

Now, after attempting to sue Southern Housing Group for racial discrimination and philosophical creed discrimination, both claims have been dismissed by an employment tribunal.

A court report set out Moore’s beliefs in more detail.

It said: ‘Moore believes in England, English identity, English culture, English independence and actively promotes the English constitution and legal system and the English system through various media.

“His belief in English culture included his belief in the English constitution and therefore English common law. His belief in “England” is the same as his belief in an English nation, a nation under God.

“He is both a nationalist and a constitutionalist. He believes in the law of the land; the freedom and liberty that English laws gave us, that the British took away from us.

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The court heard Moore attended the November 2019 trial of fellow England Democrat Amy Dalla Mura on her behalf. Mura was found guilty of targeting MP Anna Soubry (pictured), who left the Tories to join Change UK

“He believes in the nation state in England which gave us the laws starting with the English Magna Carta…He thinks English history is being erased.

“He explained that while he was talking about England and a nation under God, he was not limiting being English to what he described as white and native English, which he also described as being a white Anglo-Saxon.

“He explained that black people can be English, but not native English.

“Again he said he had no problem with non-Christians, despite his belief in a nation under a Christian God.”

Moore’s beliefs mean that he “demands that the British state formally recognize the existence of the English as an ethnic group”.

The court heard Moore attended the November 2019 trial of fellow England Democrat Amy Dalla Mura on her behalf. Mura was found guilty of targeting MP Soubry, who left the Tories to join Change UK.

Moore considered Soubry a “traitor”, adding that he would “plead for the death penalty” if an individual was found guilty of treason.

As an English Democrat, Moore asserted: “We are true Tories unlike Nigel Farage who is the equivalent of Benedict Arnold, he is British not English”.

His YouTube account was banned for “violating” his rules and his Twitter profile was also deleted.