Laurence Fox to run for London Mayor in direct challenge to Sadiq Khan's 'woke politics'

Young people in the capital are even keener on a swift exit from lockdown than the older generation.

Mr Fox is urging Boris Johnson to speed up an end to Covid curbs now that apparently effective vaccines are being rapidly rolled out.

Mr Fox said: “The Budget has highlighted the horrendous cost to the country of a year of stringent curbs on everyday life. The Chancellor put the bill at £407 billion – a bill that will be paid for by workers in higher taxes for years to come.

“And this bill, roughly £1,600 for every family in the country, is still rising. Every week that goes by without lifting lockdown means more lost jobs, more lost businesses and even more taxes in the future.

“The UK tax burden is at its highest level for 50 years. We have to get it under control.

“That’s why I am standing for London mayor. With almost all older and vulnerable people having got their jab, I want the lockdown lifted straight away. The Government has said vaccines are working, hospitalisations and deaths are tumbling, but we are still being told we won’t be able to resume normal life until mid-summer at the earliest.

“Both the main parties are competing in this dreary race to be the last to set the country free. Both Tory and Labour have got this badly wrong. I want London – and indeed the rest of the country – to be allowed to get back to work and play immediately – not by late June.”

The survey, conducted by Savanta ComRes among 1,000 people in London in late February, found that 25 percent of Londoners wanted lockdown lifted by the end of this month; 58 percent wanted it gone by the end of May. Among Londoners aged 18-34, the latter figure rises to 63 percent.

The poll reveals shifting public concern over the economic impact of lockdown in London.

More people than not are concerned about losing their job (43 percent concerned to 35 percent unconcerned) and 75 percent say that they expect small businesses in their area to close permanently as a result of the pandemic.

This finding is borne out by a separate survey earlier this week, which found that for the first time since the pandemic began, economic worries have overtaken health fears.

Reputation consultancy 5654 & Company found that 56 percent of people say damage to the economy is the biggest risk over the next 12 months, up from 39 percent in October. “The public’s attention is now turning to the handling of the economic effects of the recovery where previously their main focus has been the policies required to contain the virus,” said 5654’s James Starkie.

In the Savanta ComRes survey, 21 percent said that the economic consequences of coronavirus were their main concern and 29 percent cited the health consequences. The biggest group (47 percent) said that they were equally concerned about both.

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