Boris Johnson victorious in libel case
17th July 2012
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has won his libel case against Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).
Johnson called on the services of a partner holding one of the senior solicitor jobs at a leading London-headquartered private practice to represent him in a hearing which lasted for only 20 minutes.
The action was launched earlier this year by Crow following allegations that the Conservative had used defamatory language against the former London Underground track repairer during his last mayoral election poster campaign, which went under the name ‘Not Ken Again’.
However, the presiding High Court judge agreed with Johnson’s defence, which cited the freedom of political expression outlined in Article 10 of the Human Rights Act. Discussing the verdict, the politician’s main lawyer indicated that he believed the case was baseless, politically motivated and should never have reached the court stages.