Application for race job 'lacked flesh'

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A RACE relations worker who claims he was refused an equal opportunities job because he was white did not 'sell' himself, an industrial tribunal was told yesterday.

Peter Rose, representing Kirklees council, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said Stephen Webster's application for four of six posts as an equal opportunities officer with the authority 'lacked flesh'.

Mr Webster, 46, of Stainbeck Road, Leeds, says he was not shortlisted for any of the jobs despite having 11 years' race relations experience.

His solicitor, Bernard Wiltshire, said that out of 114 applicants 16 were white men and not one was included in the shortlist.

The hearing continues.