Laurence Fox has accused Met Police ‘thugs’ of harassment and making his children cry after officers visited his home for the second time in two months.
The actor, who came sixth in the London mayoral elections, claimed on Twitter that officers rocked up at his home in Lambeth, south London last night and warned ‘there will be trouble’ if it happens again.
In a public reprimanding, Fox branded the force ‘thugs’ and told the Met to ‘stop harassing my house and my children yet AGAIN’, adding: ‘It makes them cry.’
The Reclaim Party leader also jibed: ‘Go solve knife crime‘ – after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said knife crime offences have doubled in just six years to rise above 50,000 for the first time since records began.
Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who managed to fend off Tory rival Shaun Bailey’s bid for City Hall, have accused the Labour figure of presiding over a knife crime epidemic as stabbings across the capital rocket.
Fox was previously visited by police in March ahead of the London elections, during which his party campaigned on an anti-lockdown platform.
Laurence Fox arrives for the results of the London mayoral election, at the City Hall in London
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that offences involving knives or sharp instruments rose from 47,388 to 50,019 in England and Wales
However, it is not clear why Met Police visited his home last night. MailOnline has contacted Fox’s team and Scotland Yard for further information.
The 42-year-old Lewis star revealed that he was seeking legal advice after two officers in March warned his campaigning could be flouting lockdown laws.
In a video of the exchange shared by Fox online, the police said he had been reported for breaking rules while campaigning. However, they admitted that they had ‘no evidence per se’ to support the complaint.
Fox, who launched the anti-woke Reclaim party to fight the ‘culture wars’, slammed the Met’s ‘mild intimidation’ and has revealed he is taking legal advice.
Speaking to MailOnline, the actor accused the force of investigating a ‘non-crime’ and said he has ‘lots of questions’ for Scotland Yard.
‘I actually felt quite sorry for the police officer I filmed,’ Fox said. ‘He clearly didn’t know why he was there. No one did.
‘The police have been put in an impossible position, enforcing these sorts of rules and investigating non-crimes reported by anonymous snitches.
‘I am in the process of consulting legal advice on the incident. We have lots of questions for the Met over what happened and why.’
Fox called the incident ‘a very worrying thing in a democratic society’, adding: ‘We do not live in North Korea or China. We live in Great Britain.’
The actor was dropped by his agent after he defended the British Press against charges of racism against Meghan Markle on Question Time last year.
‘I’m quite used to being intimidated, but that’s not my concern,’ he said. ‘I don’t want anybody in London or the UK to be investigated for non-crimes.’
Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, arriving at City Hall, London
Yesterday Fox 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 ‘shushing’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The actor lost his £10,000 deposit after winning just 1.8 per cent of the vote, compared with Sadiq Khan’s 55 per cent. He lost to YouTuber Niko Omilana, but beat mayoral rivals Count Binface and Piers Corbyn.
Despite his election defeat, a source close to Fox struck an optimistic note and told MailOnline last night the Lewis star would continue to ‘march on’ and ‘stand up and speak common sense to nonsense’.
A senior source added: ‘Reclaim is a long-term project, London was fun but it’s a very different demographic to the rest of the country.’
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.
Fox was seen chatting to mayoral rival Count Binface, who received 24,775 votes
(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
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.
‘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.
Sadiq Khan will serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic. But he was pushed all the way by Shaun Bailey, who had been given little hope of getting anywhere close to him
Khan polled 1,206,034 votes to Mr Bailey’s 977, 601, a majority of 228,433. With second preference votes included Mr Khan won 55 per cent of the vote, down from 57 per cent
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.
Khan polled 1,206,034 votes to Bailey’s 977, 601, a majority of 228,433. With second preference votes included, Khan won 55 per cent of the vote, down from 57 per cent in 2016.
In a sign that will please the Tories, Khan’s lead over Bailey is narrower than the 14-point win he achieved over Tory Zac Goldsmith in 2016.
However, it may raise questions about how well the Tories could have done if they had put more effort into supporting Mr Bailey.
Boris Johnson and his most senior ministers were noticeable by their lack of appearances with him during his campaign, while making repeated visits to Hartlepool and other targets.
In a speech from City Hall Mr Bailey said: ‘As I went through these, for me what was two years of campaigning, one feeling felt familiar to me, one challenge had always felt the same.
‘And that was the feeling of being written off – by pollsters, by journalists, by fellow politicians. But it’s no surprise to me that Londoners didn’t write me off.’