Investigation into Boris Johnson's gay bus ad ban

The Court of Appeal ruled the Mayor's ban on a bus ad that suggested people could "get over" being gay should be investigated further.

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New investigation into bus advert ban

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.


Gay bus advert 'breached TfL's advertising policy'

We welcome the Court of Appeal's judgment that a decision not to run the Core Issues Trust's advertisement was justified.

The advertisement breached our advertising policy and caused widespread offence to the public. This was borne out by the hugely negative public reaction the advertisement generated, including on social media and newspaper websites.

We shall be pleased to comply with any requirements the Court may have for the supply of further evidence

– Transport for London

Mayor ordered TfL to pull gay bus advert before election

Court of Appeal judges said there was evidence of:

"... an email which unequivocally states that the mayor 'instructed' TfL to pull the advertisement" just before the 2012 mayoral elections.

The email sent on April 12 2012:

"... shows that the mayor's office contacted the Guardian (newspaper) immediately, apparently in order to make political capital out of the story".

Politicians 'held to acount' by Court of Appeal ruling

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.

If such access is not offered, our lawyers will petition Mrs Justice Lang to order such access as part of further enquiry as the Master of the Rolls has so directed.

– Dr Mike Davidson

Appeal court's ruling after Mayor's gay bus advert ban

Today, three Judges at the High Court said:

It is not possible to reach a conclusion on the question whether TfL's decision not to allow the Trust's advertisement was unlawful on the grounds that it was instructed by the mayor or made for an improper purpose.

I would, therefore, remit the case for the judge (Mrs Justice Lang) to reconsider this question in the light of fresh evidence and in the light of any further material that emerges as a result of the directions that she may give.

– Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson


Mayor's ban on gay bus advert to be investigated

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.

Charity argues freedom of expression violated over ad

  • 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
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