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Blacklister Ian Kerr pleads guilty and now faces Crown Court

Blacklister Ian Kerr will be sentenced in a Crown Court after pleading guilty to offences under the Data Protection Act.

Mr Kerr was tried today by Macclesfield Magistrates Court under the data protection act for allegedly failing to notify his firm as a data controller.

The Consulting Association run by Ian Kerr produced a blacklist of more than 3,000 construction workers.

Mr Kerr pleaded guilty this morning, but failed to attend the court himself.

Magistrates decided against sentencing Mr Kerr because they said the maximum fine of £5,000 they could levy was “wholly inadequate”.

The case has now been transferred to the Crown Court where Mr Kerr could face a bigger fine.

Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie described Mr Kerr’s failure to attend court as “gutless”.

He added: “The magistrates decision should be applauded. Mr Kerr set out to ruin construction workers’ lives. He deserves the maximum possible sentence.”

Much of the information on the blacklist database contained details of whether workers were members of trade unions and if they had raised health and safety concerns on previous sites.