It’s official! Actor Laurence Fox has announced he is going to stand for election to be the next Mayor of London.
Mr Fox – the leader of the Reclaim Party – said if elected he would remove the lockdown after election day on May 6.
Back To Work
He said he wanted to get people back to work as soon as possible.
“Both the main parties are competing in this dreary race to be the last to set the country free,” he said.
Coronavirus law says only the Prime Minister can end the ban.
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Mr Fox said he had decided to stand for election after Treasury Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the budget that the government had taken a debt of £ 407bn to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
He added that “about £ 1,600 for every family in the country”.
“Every week that goes by without lifting lockdown means more lost jobs, more lost businesses and even more taxes in the future.
“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 Tory and the Labour have done this badly. I want London – and the rest of the country – to be allowed to return to work and play as soon as possible, not by the end of June.”
‘End Lockdown Now’
Asked if Mr Fox would violate the lock-in-law law if he was not elected, his spokesman said: “If Laurence comes from nowhere to win the Mayor of London election on an ‘end lockdown now’ platform, the prime minister will have to listen and act on the May 6 vote.”
London’s current mayor, Sadiq Khan, said: “The number of COVID-19 cases in London remains high and our heroic NHS staff are still under real pressure.
“The power to introduce lockdown lies with the government and it’s right that ministers are taking a cautious approach to the easing of lockdown restrictions.
“As the vaccine roll-out takes place and case numbers in London remain higher than when restrictions were lifted last summer, we cannot risk a further surge in cases which would put lives, the roadmap out of lockdown, and our economic recovery at risk.”
The Reclaim Party said a study by Savanta ComRes found that more than half of London’s population wanted the national ban lifted by the end of May, when young people in the capital were able to get out faster than adults.
They said the survey saw 1,002 London adults, 18 years of age or older, surveyed online from 18-22 February.
Mr Fox faced online harassment in November in a tweet in which he said he had people over to have dinner and appeared to criticize the NHS.
“Just had a large group over to lunch and we hugged and ate and talked and put the world to rights,” he said.
“If the NHS can not cope, the NHS is not fit for purpose.”