Media Relations: What the papers say - Co-op bank shuts for Christian Voice

Co-operative Bank, noted for its strong ethical policies, took the moral high ground last week when it gave right-wing religious group Christian Voice its marching orders: 'Co-op shuts "anti-gay" group's account' (, 24 June).

Christian Voice was asked to move its business on because its 'discriminatory pronouncements' (The Sunday Times, 26 June) were deemed inappropriate for a bank proud of its commitment to 'diversity and dignity' (, 25 June).

Co-operative Bank's message attracted general endorsement, but there were dissenters, Stephen Green of Christian Voice being the most vocal.

He described the bank's actions as those of 'politically correct bully-boys' (Manchester Online, 24 June).

A contrary viewpoint also emerged from The Daily Telegraph, which referred to the 'amusing clash' between 'evangelical Christianity and evangelical political correctness' (25 June).

For the Co-operative network, the bank's moral stand also had savvy timing, coming just days before its sister organisation, Co-operative Insurance Services, announced a new ethical policy, "Ethics priority at insurance giant" (Daily Mail, 27 June).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.

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