Tony Goode, the former Marks & Spencer employee sacked for leaking details of planned redundancy pay cuts, has lost his employment tribunal case alleging the retailer breached his human rights.

Goode had worked for M&S for 25 years until being dismissed for gross misconduct last September after passing to a newspaper an internal email outlining proposals to reduce redundancy benefits by up to 25 per cent.

Backed by the GMB trade union, he argued that his sacking was unfair and breached the Human Rights Act.

However M&S always insisted the decision to dismiss Goode followed a “diligent and thorough” process and said that he would not give a commitment not to disclose internal company information in future.

Following today’s decision, a Marks & Spencer spokeswoman said: “We are very pleased. We obviously take these matters extremely seriously, but we’re glad to now draw a line under this.”

The employment tribunal decision was made yesterday and communicated in letters to M&S and Goode.

No comment was available from the GMB.