The definition of “woman” was banned from the sides of buses in Edinburgh over fears it could offend trans people and the rest of the general public.

Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, 44, paid more than £2,000 for the word, with the slogan #adulthumanfemale, to appear on ten buses in the Scottish capital.

However, she received a refund after Exterion Media, the company that controls advertising space for Lothian Buses, refused to display the adverts on the grounds that the message was “likely to offend” the general public.

A similar billboard in Liverpool, which stated: “woman, noun, adult human female”, was also paid for by Mrs Keen-Minshull last month but was taken down after it was described as part of a “hate speech” campaign by trans rights campaigners.

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