Laurence Fox is to fight Sadiq Khan in the upcoming Mayor of London elections, vowing to “offer a voice to those who are being dominated into silence”
Actor-turned-activist Laurence Fox, who shot to national prominence last year when he challenged an audience member on Question Time for describing him as a “white privileged male”, has announced his candidacy for the London Mayoralty.
Fox, who is the leader of the 'anti-Woke' Reclaim Party, has revealed to The Telegraph that he is entering the race for City Hall as part of the fight against “extreme political correctness”. Mr Fox will also fight on a platform for lifting lockdown as soon as he is elected in May rather than waiting until June, when all restrictions are due to be removed.
The Actor hopes that his push to end lockdown sooner will see him win votes from Mr Khan, who launched his re-election campaign last week and has been noticeably keener to go further with lockdowns than the Conservative government. The survey, conducted by Savanta ComRes among 1,000 people in London in late February for the Reclaim Party, found that 25% of Londoners wanted lockdown lifted by the end of this month. Some 58% wanted it gone by the end of May. Among Londoners aged 18-34, the latter figure rises to 63%.
The Telegraph reports that the poll reveals shifting public concern over the economic impact of lockdown in London. More people than not are concerned about losing their job (43% concerned to 35% unconcerned) and 75% say that they expect small businesses in their area to close permanently as a result of the pandemic.
Fox then told the Telegraph: “I am standing for London mayor. With almost all older and vulnerable people having got their jab, I want the lockdown lifted straight away. The Government has said vaccines are working, hospitalisations and deaths are tumbling, but we are still being told we won’t be able to resume normal life until mid-summer at the earliest.”
“Both the main parties are competing in this dreary race to be the last to set the country free. Both Tory and Labour have got this badly wrong. I want London – and indeed the rest of the country – to be allowed to get back to work and play immediately – not by late June.”
With Nigel Farage announcing that he is stepping away from politics, Fox could well be the right man at the right time.
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