Union leader launches action against Boris Johnson

Bob Crow, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), has launched a libel claim against London Mayor Boris Johnson. The case came about due to Crow’ anger at posters and leaflets distributed during the newly re-elected Conservative politician’ recent election drive. The campaign, titled ‘Not Ken Again’, warned prospective voters that supporting Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate, would lead to ‘council tax rises, broken promises, cronies, scandals, waste, Bob Crow’. Crow has taken exception to the comments, claiming that it unfairly implies he is politically immoral and would actively work against the interests of London residents. Johnson’ solicitors are expected to call on Article 10 of the Human Rights Act in his defence, citing its endorsement of freedom of expression in political campaigns. Mr Crow will be represented by barrister Jonathan Crystal, who as a sports and entertainment lawyer has previously provided legal services for individuals including Jenson Button, Brian Lara, Frankie Dettori and Amir Khan. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.