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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100

The London mayoral candidate is being sued after he called three people "paedophiles" on Twitter

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London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox is being sued for libel after he called three people "paedophiles" on Twitter.

Mental health campaigner Simon Blake, Drag star Crystal, and actress Nicola Thorp began legal proceedings against actor-turned-activist on 1 April.

The claimants allege Mr Fox defamed them on Twitter in October.

The comments have since been deleted.

Mr Fox defended his comments, claiming the term "paedophiles" was a "meaningless and baseless" insult.

During the manifesto launch for the Reclaim party, which Mr Fox leads, he said was unaware of the defamation case.

Mr Fox said: "Free speech.

You throw meaningless and baseless insults at someone you get a meaningless and baseless insult in return."

He added: "People can call me whatever they want."

The comments followed a tweet from the supermarket Sainsbury's, which shared its support for Black History Month.

On 4 October, Mr Fox tweeted that Sainsbury's marking Black History Month "promoted racial segregation and discrimination".

He called for people to boycott the supermarket.

In response, Mr Fox claims he was "called a racist."

Mr Fox called both Mr Blake and the former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant, whose real name is Colin Munro Seymour, "paedophiles".

At the time, Crystal said: "An accusation of paedophilia is one of the oldest homophobic tropes, and it was very shocking to have that levelled at me, not just by Mr Fox, but also his many followers who believed him.

"I may have had to endure homophobic bullying as a child, but I will not tolerate it as an adult."

Following the legal action, Crystal said "it would be inappropriate to comment further".

He used the same label against Ms Thorp in a different thread.

Mr Blake and Ms Thorp have both been approached for comment.

Law firm Patron Law has filed a claim on behalf of the trio in the High Court.

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London mayoral hopeful Laurence Fox used the launch of his manifesto to defend his right to call people “paedophiles” on Twitter, citing free speech and 

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London mayoral hopeful Laurence Fox used the launch of his manifesto to defend his right to call people “paedophiles” on Twitter, citing free speech and claiming it is just a “meaningless and baseless” insult.

The former actor, who founded the Reclaim Party, is being sued by Stonewall trustee Simon Blake, Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp and drag artist Crystal over an online spat in October last year.

Mr Fox called both Mr Blake and the former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, whose real name is Colin Munro Seymour, “paedophiles”, in an exchange about Sainsbury’s decision to celebrate Black History Month.

He used the same label against Ms Thorp in a different thread.

Following a speech to unveil his party’s manifesto, the Lewis actor claimed he was unaware of the defamation case, which was filed at the High Court on April 1.

Reclaim’s policies include abolishing lockdown from the date of the election, removing mask mandates, scrapping low-traffic neighbourhoods and removing “unnecessary” cycle lanes.

Mr Fox also vowed to defund any schools or institutions “that seek to undermine our shared culture through critical social justice or critical race theory”.

When asked about the defamation case, Mr Fox said: “I must check my emails, I’m not aware of that.”

He added: “People can call me whatever they want.”

When told it was he who had allegedly called the three claimants paedophiles, he replied: “I was called a racist.”

Mr Fox added: “Free speech.

You throw meaningless and baseless insults at someone you get a meaningless and baseless insult in return.”

As your mayor, I will make London a COVID passport free city.

And there will be no mask mandate, including for children in schools.

Your London.

Your Freedom.

Reclaim it.

— Laurence Fox 🥛 (@LozzaFox) April 7, 2021

During the incident last year, Mr Fox said he would be boycotting Sainsbury’s, accusing it of promoting “racial segregation and discrimination”.

Mr Blake called Mr Fox a “racist twat” but later said he regretted using such language.

A spokesman for Patron Law, which is representing the three claimants, confirmed that proceedings had been issued at the High Court in London, and said the firm would not be commenting further at this time.

In his speech in front of the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London, Mr Fox 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.

Mr Fox also pledged to build 250,000 new homes and conduct a “full audit” of green belt land.

“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 say would bankrupt the network.

In a statement, Reclaim said: “On paper, free fares would cost around £500 million, but the real cost would be much lower or non-existent because of the boost to the London economy and the resultant surge in tax revenues.”

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