Laurence Fox forms a new political party after raising £ 1 million from former Tory donors to wage "culture wars" while criticizing mainstream politicians for losing touch with the people
- The 42-year-old actor has received £ 1 million for the tentatively named Reclaim party
- Its aim is to reform the BBC and celebrate Britain's contribution to culture
- The Lewis star is hoping to kick off next month and have dozens of candidates
Laurence Fox forms a new political party called Reclaim to wage the Culture Wars. He has already raised over £ 1 million.
The 42-year-old actor has received sizable sums of money from former Tory donors and is hoping to have dozens of candidates across the UK.
The Lewis star says he wants to create a movement for people who are tired of knowing that we represent exactly what we have stood against in history.
Laurence Fox is starting a new political party to wage the Culture Wars and has already raised over £ 1 million
The 42-year-old actor has received sizable sums of money from former Tory donors and is hoping to have dozens of candidates across the UK
Its goals include reforming the BBC and celebrating Britain's contribution to the world, according to The Telegraph.
The new party is temporarily called Reclaim and has a website called LaurenceFoxParty.
He hopes to launch the party next month and the name is subject to election commission approval.
Its website states: “For many years it has become clear that our politicians have lost touch with the people who represent and govern them. In addition, our public institutions are now working on an agenda that goes beyond their primary purpose.
Its goals include reforming the BBC, protecting freedom of expression and celebrating Britain's contribution to the world
Early supporters of the new party include Toby Young, who said Fox's contribution to politics was "exciting news".
& # 39; Our modern UK was born out of the respectful inclusion of so many individual voices. It is imbued with the innate values of families and communities that are literally diverse but united in the desire and need to call this island home.
“People in the UK are fed up with knowing that we are portraying exactly what we have stood against in history.
“We all have the privilege to be the guardians of our common heritage. We can take back a respectful nation where everyone is locked in and no one is ashamed to call home. & # 39;
He added, “I am so encouraged by the support I have received from those who wish to add their voices to this recovery of our values.
“Our country now urgently needs a new political movement that promises to make our future a joint and not a divisive one. That is my aim now. & # 39;
Many on social media are divided over the news, with some celebrating an alternative to current options in politics while others ridiculing Fox and its views
A Westminster source said the new party was a version of UKIP for the Culture Wars and believed it could attract hundreds of thousands of unhappy Conservative voters.
Sources close to Fox said the party does not see itself as a purely left or right wing, but will be a broad church.
So far, Reclaim has three goals, including protecting freedom of expression, reforming publicly funded institutions, and preserving and celebrating British cultural history.
Planning has been underway for two months and supporters include former Tory donor Jeremy Hosking.
Staff are already being hired for the party after Fox was introduced to the political arena following his appearance at Question Time in January.