Actor and London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox was beaten in this week’s election by YouTube prankster Niko Omilana, and the internet is now reminding him of other things which did better than his campaign to replace Sadiq Khan.
Fox, who founded the Reclaim Party, received just short of 2 percent of first preference votes with 47,634 cast in his favour, but Omilana – self-proclaimed “Supreme Leader” of the Niko Defence League (NDL) – finished with 49,628 votes, placing him fifth in the first round of voting.
While Omilana was able to beat Fox, Count Binface – a candidate many hoped would surpass the “anti-woke” activist in votes – finished three places behind him, in ninth place.
But, in another blow for Fox, he will also lose his £10,000 deposit, which can only be ‘reclaimed’ if a candidate gets a vote share of more than 5 percent (he got 1.9 percent). The majority of the other candidates will lose theirs too, although clearly many had far less financial support than Fox, who received £5 million in donations when the party was launched in September, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Anyway, Omilana’s campaign wasn’t the only thing which was more successful than Fox’s run for Mayor of London, with Twitter users quick to point out and suggest other things which have done better than the Lewis star’s 47,000 figure. They aren’t all *quite* true, but they are very amusing:
Billie Piper sold more copies of Because We Want To in its opening week than Laurence Fox got votes for London Mayor
Second fact of the day:
More people were suspected of being ‘H’ than voted for Laurence Fox.
— Line of Duty Content (@Line of Duty Content)
Others pointed out that despite the large financial backing, press coverage and the endorsement of former Ukip and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, his final result was rather anticlimactic. Some feared what Fox would be up to next:
Laurence Fox - endorsed by Farage and Reform Party gets just 1.9% of the vote despite all that buzz and press. https://t.co/GgM9DdTgne