Blacklisting boss died of natural causes

Coroner says Ian Kerr died on Tuesday of a “heart-related matter”

Former blacklisting boss Ian Kerr died of natural causes, it was revealed today.

Kerr, who was 70, died of a “heart-related matter” on Tuesday according to the Worcester Coroner.

A spokesman for the coroner’s office said: “He died on the 11th. He collapsed and was taken to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, where he died.”

Kerr, who lived in Bromsgrove in the West Midlands, ran the construction industry blacklist exposed in 2009 by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Building revealed Kerr’s death yesterday, which came just a fortnight after he appeared as a witness before the Parliamentary committee investigating blacklisting, the Scottish Affairs select committee.

Kerr had been set to be a key witness on behalf of more than 80 former workers who are preparing to sue Sir Robert McAlpine in the High Court as part of a major compensation claim mounted by the Blacklist Support Group.

Ian Davidson MP, chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee, said yesterday: “We are glad we gave him the opportunity to come and give his side of the story in evidence to the committee on such a contentious topic as blacklisting.”

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