Judgment delivered in religious discrimination case following removal of advertisements promoting controversial preacher


HHJ Claire Evans, sitting in the Manchester County Court, has today handed down judgment in a significant case concerning the obligations of public authorities where conflicts arise between those holding contentious religious beliefs and other community members offended by those beliefs. The claimant, the Lancashire Festival of Hope, brought claims under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights 1998 after Blackpool Borough Council and an arms-length transport company withdrew a bus advert promoting a religious festival featuring the controversial American preacher Franklin Graham.

Karon Monaghan QC, Aidan O’Neill QC and Darryl Hutcheon were involved in this case