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PM 'delighted' at ECHR ruling

PM 'delighted' at ECHR ruling
The Prime Minister has said he is "delighted" at an ECHR ruling on discrimination against Christians in the workplace.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that a British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. BA managers had asked the woman to stop wearing her white gold cross visibly.

Responding to the news, Mr Cameron tweeted: "Delighted that principle of wearing religious symbols at work has been upheld – ppl shouldn't suffer discrimination due to religious beliefs."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles also welcomed the decision and said he had seen a "degree of aggressive secularism" in the UK.

"We saw it earlier last year when there was an attempt to stop prayers taking place in councils, but I mean I welcome the decision that has been taken today," he said.

"We’ll look at the judgement really carefully and if we do have change the law to ensure people can wear discreet religious symbols, we will do so."

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