Boss threatened staff with redundancy if they voted Labour

Image caption The email was sent to staff at Storm Technologies in Watford on the day of the general election

An IT boss who told staff they would be first in line for redundancy if they voted Labour has said the threat was just “banter”.

John Brooker sent an email to employees at Storm Technologies in Watford on 8 June, the day of the general election.

It said: “Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win and things slow down”.

The GMB union said it was “unacceptable and morally wrong” but Mr Brooker insisted it was “totally made in jest”.

Managing director Mr Brooker sent the email to more than 100 employees at the company’s offices on Croxley Business Park.