Laurence Fox insists he will ‘march on’ after London mayoral defeat despite winning fewer votes than YouTuber as he insists ‘silent majority still needs people to speak common sense to nonsense’
- Laurence Fox today insisted that he will ‘march on’ after his London Mayoral defeat despite coming in sixth
- The actor, 42, received 47,634 votes – 1.8 per cent of the vote – placing him in sixth behind a YouTuber
- Source close to Fox said he would continue to ‘stand up and speak common sense to nonsense’
Laurence Fox today insisted that he will ‘march on’ after his London Mayoral defeat despite coming in sixth and racking up fewer votes than a YouTuber whose policies included a reversion to 5p Fredos.
The 42-year-old actor, whose Reclaim Party campaigned on an anti-lockdown platform, lost his £10,000 deposit after winning just 1.8 per cent of the vote, compared with Sadiq Khan’s 55 per cent.
He came in sixth behind YouTuber Niko Omilana, whose policies included ‘Boris Johnson will be forced to shush’, but ahead of mayoral rival Count Binface and Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers.
Despite his election defeat, a source close to Fox struck an optimistic note and told MailOnline the Lewis star would continue to ‘march on’ and ‘stand up and speak common sense to nonsense’.
Fox founded Reclaim last year to fight the ‘culture wars’ and last month used the launch of his manifesto to defend his right to call people ‘paedophiles’ online after critics branded him ‘racist’.
A senior Reclaim source told MailOnline: ‘The plan will be to march on. Reclaim is a long-term project, London was fun but it’s a very different demographic to the rest of the country.
‘The silent majority still needs people to stand up and speak common sense to nonsense.’
Laurence Fox has lost his £10,000 deposit for his bid to be London Mayor after getting 1.8 per cent of the vote
The actor )pictured in front of Piers Corbyn), 42, who set up the Reclaim Party for his election race, won 47,634 votes placing him in sixth
Fox said on Twitter after the results were announced: ‘Thank you so much to the 47,634 of you who voted for me’
Fox said on Twitter after the results were announced: ‘Thank you so much to the 47,634 of you who voted for me. I am profoundly moved. Sleep well.’
Earlier, Fox was seen chatting to mayoral rival Count Binface, who received 24,775 votes and finished ninth, above Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers.
During the interaction shared on social media, Fox asked to touch his opponent’s face and said he was feeling ‘pretty chipper’ about his prospects.
In his speech in front of the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London, he said: ‘A year ago we lent our government our liberty for three short weeks to flatten the curve and now, a year on, they refuse to give back what never belonged to them in the first place.
‘There is no reason we are being kept in lockdown, we have been manipulated, frightened and outright lied to by this government, who instead of trusting us to get on with our lives are now flirting with even more authoritarian measures.’
He criticised the Government for refusing to rule out vaccine passports, and pledged to ‘take the politics out of policing’.
‘Police will police streets and not tweets,’ he said.
Fox also pledged to build 250,000 new homes and conduct a ‘full audit’ of green belt land.
Fox (pictured arriving at City Hall) founded the Reclaim Party last year to fight the ‘culture wars’
Earlier, Fox was seen chatting to mayoral rival Count Binface, who received 24,775 votes and finished ninth
‘Precious landscapes (will be) preserved for eternity and unattractive scrubland (will be) transformed into beautiful and affordable housing,’ he said.
When asked how he was going to implement his policies of defunding schools and academies that teach critical social justice or race theory, he said: ‘It’s common sense.
‘You take the politics out of education, you take the politics out of policing. You say to a teacher ‘do your job, teach our children how to think, not what to think’.’
Reclaim has also promised free transport on all London bus and tube services for six months from the election, something critics said would bankrupt the network
Khan won a second term as mayor but with his majority hammered by Tory Shaun Bailey – and vowed to work to build bridges with Boris Johnson’s government.
The Labour incumbent will serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.
(Left to right) UKIP’s Peter Gammons, Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, Social Democratic Party’s Simon Kelleher and Renew’s Kam Balayev
London Mayor election results in full
Sadiq Khan (Lab) 1,013,721 (40.05%, -4.19%)
Shaun Bailey (C) 893,051 (35.28%, +0.25%)
Sian Berry (Green) 197,976 (7.82%, +2.02%)
Luisa Porritt (LD) 111,716 (4.41%, -0.21%)
Niko Omilana (Ind) 49,628 (1.96%)
Laurence Fox (Reclaim) 47,634 (1.88%)
Brian Rose (LRP) 31,111 (1.23%)
Richard Hewison (EU) 28,012 (1.11%)
Count Binface (Binface) 24,775 (0.98%)
Mandu Reid (Women) 21,182 (0.84%, -1.21%)
Piers Corbyn (LLL) 20,604 (0.81%)
Vanessa Hudson (AWP) 16,826 (0.66%)
Peter Gammons (UKIP) 14,393 (0.57%, -3.07%)
Farah London (Ind) 11,869 (0.47%)
David Kurten (Heritage) 11,025 (0.44%)
Nims Obunge (Ind) 9,682 (0.38%)
Steve Kelleher (Soc Dem) 8,764 (0.35%)
Kam Balayev (Renew) 7,774 (0.31%)
Max Fosh (Ind) 6,309 (0.25%)
Valerie Brown (Pink) 5,305 (0.21%)
Eliminated: Kam Balayev, Sian Berry, Count Binface, Valerie Brown, Piers Corbyn, Max Fosh, Laurence Fox, Peter Gammons, Richard Hewison, Vanessa Hudson, Steve Kelleher, David Kurten, Farah London, Nims Obunge, Niko Omilana, Luisa Porritt, Mandu Reid, Brian Rose
Distribution of Balayev’s, Berry’s, Binface’s, Brown’s, Corbyn’s, Fosh’s, Fox’s, Gammons’s, Hewison’s, Hudson’s, Kelleher’s, Kurten’s, London’s, Obunge’s, Omilana’s, Porritt’s, Reid’s and Rose’s votes
Sadiq Khan (Lab) 1,206,034
Shaun Bailey (C) 977,601
Elected: Sadiq Khan
Eliminated: Shaun Bailey
Electorate 6,047,327; Turnout 2,531,357 (41.86%, -3.45%)
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