Laurence Fox and Reclaim Party file incomplete nomination paperwork for Mayor of London elections


The nominations process for Mayor of London candidates opened on 19 March and closed at 4pm on 27 March.

London Elects encouraged all prospective candidates to contact them within good time to discuss the process and to give advice on the paperwork required. This was made very clear to all who had shown an interest in the nominations process.

In response to claims made via ‘X’ this evening, London Elects said:

The Reclaim Party candidate’s representatives met with London Elects for the first time on Tuesday 26 March, less than 24 hours before the close of the nominations deadline. At that time, the paperwork was incomplete. 

Mr Fox’s representatives were advised to ensure that completed forms were submitted well before the Wednesday 4pm statutory deadline.

The paperwork was submitted very shortly before 4pm.

Upon inspection, the nomination forms contained errors which - the deadline having passed - were too late for Mr Fox’s team to correct.

The conclusion of London Elects was that the requirements of the nomination process were not completed by the deadline.

The Greater London Returning Officer is bound by electoral law and has no ability to allow anything other than fully compliant nominations, submitted by the deadline, to stand.

Important dates

Voting: Thursday 2 May 2024 (polling stations open from 7am to 
Verification of ballot papers: Friday 3 May 2024 from 9am
Count commences: Saturday 4 May 2024 from 9am

The last day to register to vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections is 16 April 2024.

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Notes to editors

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