Beard Liberation Front
Media release 24th August
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Traingate: Campaigners say Corbyn shaves Branson in the battle of beards
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that in the Traingate battle of the beards between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Virgin boss Richard Branson there can be only one winner and it is not Mr Branson.
While Branson is one of the most well-known hirsute businessmen in the UK, Corbyn is six times winner of the Parliamentary Beard of the Year Award. Branson has never won an Award for his beard.
As importantly Branson has been tangentially associated with at least one instance of pogonophobic behaviour. In 2004 a Virgin West Coast Trains employee Mohsin Mohmed took the Company to an Employment Tribunal alleging he had been unfairly dismissed. One issue was that a Virgin manager had ordered Mr Mohmed not have to a beard of more than 4 inches in length.
While the Tribunal case was lost by Mr Mohmed who was dismissed for poor performance, the requirement to trim his beard was admitted.
The campaigners say that it is unlikely Branson had direct knowledge of the case but it does suggest that companies he owns may not be particularly beard friendly.
By contrast Corbyn is known to be a champion of the cause of the hirsute in Parliament
Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett said, if we look at the wider issues behind Traingate Corbyn shaves Branson every time