Haw loses bid for eviction appeal
Peace campaigner Brian Haw faces eviction from an area of grass in Parliament Square Gardens after losing a bid to launch a Court of Appeal challenge against a possession order granted to the mayor of London.
Mr Haw's long-standing presence on the pavement on the east side of Parliament Square is not threatened by the order which relates to his encroachment on to a small adjoining part of the gardens where he has pitched a tent.
Mr Haw, now in his 60s, has staged a continuous demonstration in Parliament Square against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. He is having treatment for cancer in Germany and his co-campaigner Barbara Tucker made Friday's application to appeal.
After the appeal bid was lost, Mrs Tucker said she did not believe the eviction had anything to do with clearing the area for the royal wedding and declared: "It is about getting rid of our peace campaign".
In March, the High Court granted London Mayor Boris Johnson an order for possession and an injunction against both Mr Haw and Mrs Tucker. Mr Justice Wyn Williams concluded that there was substantial evidence which justified the conclusion that the making of orders in the case was proportionate.
On Friday Mrs Tucker asked two judges to adjourn the appeal application to give Mr Haw more time to seek legal aid to mount his appeal and explain why he should be allowed to remain on the grass for health reasons. Mrs Tucker said that if the mayor's order was enforced, Mr Haw, despite suffering from cancer, would have to sleep on the pavement.
She asked: "If he returns, is it going to be safe for him to be that close to the traffic fumes?"
Rejecting the application, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Lady Justice Smith ruled there was "no prospect" of any appeal being successful and the mayor was entitled to his order for possession without any further delay as "justice delayed is justice denied".
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: "The mayor is pleased that the High Court has supported previous rulings to return possession of Parliament Square Gardens to the Greater London Authority.
"The Court of Appeal had previously made a special case for Brian Haw and Barbara Tucker that they could continue to sleep on the grass area controlled by the GLA on a temporary basis while their case was referred back to the High Court for conclusion in this matter. The High Court has now concluded that neither party should be allowed to continue to sleep on the GLA-controlled grass. The perimeter fences will be adjusted accordingly."