Putting aside all his legal difficulties – a libel case and arrest on suspicion of conspiring to commit criminal damage – Reclaim Party boss Laurence Fox is contemplating a run for Mayor of London. But a January tweet to that effect, including the claim that “It is always my wish to collaborate with the other small parties, but they have refused” has gone down rather badly with, well, other “small parties”.
In particular, UKIP Deputy Leader Rebecca ‘Barbie’ Jane is still smarting from trying to cut a deal with him during the Uxbridge by election. She’d schmoozed him rotten and thought he’d agreed not to run against her when, at the last minute, he announced his candidacy. She ended up with 61 votes to his 714 and the fiasco seriously damaged her standing in UKIP.
Now she’s had it with him: “Sure… run for Mayor” she spits back, ” But please stop lying about ‘wanting to collaborate with smaller parties.’ The country doesn’t need more liars”. Given that UKIP assigned her the job of exploring closer ties with other “small parties”, things are not looking too rosy on the unity front.
Small wonder then, that Richard Tice’s Reform UK, the larger of the far right “small parties” which has already announced that it is running a candidate for London mayor, will have nothing to do with either of them.