Laurence Fox unveils his manifesto in London Mayoral bid
Mayoral candidate Laurence Fox today launched his manifesto with a
claim that he will end all lockdown rules if he wins control of City Hall.
The actor and activist claimed he would make the capital “a Covid passport-free city” with pubs open and masks not needed to be worn at schools or on transport, although mayors have no actual powers in all these areas.
“London will be a Covid passport-free city,” he asserted. “There will be no
mask mandate in London. Children will not have to wear masks in school.”
Aides of the Reclaim Party founder conceded that he had no powers to
scrap masks rules outside public transport, but argued that a Fox victory
would “send a powerful message” to central government.
Mr Fox and supporters descended on Parliament Square to make a speech
near to Winston Churchill’s statue. He also promised an annual Festival
of London in which “every theatre ticket will be free” for a day. The plan would rely on theatres voluntarily donating their ticket revenues.
His manifesto contains promises for free bus and Tube travel for six months,
paid for by TfL, and to build 250,000 homes by identifying “unattractive
scrubland” sites for housing. Hammersmith Bridge would reopen to pedestrians and cyclists this year. Mr Fox attacked the Government for
“fascistic” lockdown laws. He said: “There is no reason we have been kept
in lockdown. Instead of trusting us to live our lives, the Government is now
flirting with yet more authoritarian ideas, the very fascistic ideas that
Winston Churchill stood against, and a generation of Brits fought and died.
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