Sadiq Khan slammed for ‘virtue-signalling’ instead of tackling London crime

Sadiq Khan 'isn't doing any mayoring' says Laurence Fox

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Laurence Fox, the leader of the Reclaim Party said he had been inspired to try and topple City Hall incumbent Sadiq Khan at the May 6 election after the Chancellor revealed at the Budget that the coronavirus response had seen the Government borrow £407billion. He hit out at the Mayor of London for making “political gestures” instead of being tougher on crime in the capital. Speaking to, Mr Fox said: “He doesn’t seem to do any mayoring as far as I can gather.

“He’s brilliant at virtue-signalling but crime is horrendous.

“The Evening Standard have just come out with the stats in London, 1 in 20 are solved.

“He’s much more interested in making political gestures with his fireworks display and commission of diversity in the public realm.

“Crime is c***, it’s really bad what he’s done in terms of knife crime which is soaring again as people get out of lockdown.

“TfL is a disaster, low-traffic neighbourhoods are appalling.

“Who are asked you to do that? You’re the mayor, you should be the champion of London, not someone who takes every opportunity he can to knock it or politicise things.”

Mr Fox went on to accuse the Mayor of “trying to wipe out history” in London with his commission to examine the diversity of statues, plaques and street names in the capital.

He said: “We’ve got a Mayor who is trying to wipe out our history.

Sadiq Khan ‘trying to wipe out our history’ says Laurence Fox

“It’s not his to obliterate so in order to protect our culture and right to freedom of speech and to have a central view on London that isn’t on what Sadiq Khan thinks is and isn’t appropriate.

“This is a very diverse city and there are lots of people who don’t agree with him on this as polling shows in tearing down statues, the politicisation of the police force and all the things he’s done.

“He’s in charge of those things and he’s turned it into a political hellscape, I think so he’s not being very pro-London.

“I think London needs someone optimistic and someone who is interested in getting people back to work who wants them to get on with their own lives.”


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Mr Fox has become an outspoken critic against both COVID-19 lockdowns and so-called “wokeism”.

The television and film actor faced a backlash online in November for a tweet in which he claimed to have had people over for dinner and appeared to criticise 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’t cope, then the NHS isn’t fit for purpose.” has contacted The Mayor of London’s office for comment.

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