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Boris Johnson is to face a new High Court investigation over his banning of bus advert.
The ad by a Christian charity suggested gay people can be helped to 'move out of homosexuality'.
The charity argues the Mayor banned the ad to secure the gay vote during his re-election campaign.
The High Court had rejected that but today the Court of Appeal said new evidence means there must be further investigation.
But while the Mayor lost in court he won support from some of his political opponents.
Our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips has the details.
- The court's ruling does not mean the Trust ad will ever appear on the sides of buses
- The judges made it clear that TfL itself has a legal right in any event to impose a ban on the grounds that the ad is likely to caused widespread or serious offence
- Lord Justice Briggs said that, if the High Court finds the original ban was "instructed by the Mayor or made for an improper purpose" and has to be quashed
Court of Appeal judges said there was evidence of:
The email sent on April 12 2012:
The Core Issues Trust charity said the court had fulfilled "an historic duty of holding politicians to account and refusing to tolerate non-transparent behaviour".
Dr Mike Davidson, who leads the Trust, said he is now writing to the Mayor demanding that all emails "current and potentially deleted" linked to the ad ban be made available to his lawyers.
Today, three Judges at the High Court said:
The ban imposed by Boris Johnson on a London bus advert which suggested people could "get over" being gay should be investigated further.
The Court of Appeal ruled today that the investigation should consider if London Mayor acted "for an improper purpose".
Charity Core Issues Trust accused Boris Johnson of unlawfully using his position to ban the advert to help secure the gay vote ahead of the 2012 mayoral elections.
- The charity taking the case to court, Core Issues Trust, accused Boris Johnson of unlawfully using his position as Chairman of Transport for London to get the advert banned.
- London's Mayor said the advert was "offensive to gays" and could lead to retaliation against the wider Christian community.
- The charity is arguing its right to freedom of expression should be upheld by the Court of Appeal
A Christian charity will be told today if its appeal over a ban on a London bus advert has been successful. The advert suggested gay people s can be helped to "move out of homosexuality". The ad posters designed for the sides of the capital's buses read: