THERE are now three candidates set to challenge Labour in the Batley and Spen by-election.
Little noticed in the aftermath of Jo Cox’s death, Ankit Love of the One Love Party announced on June 22 that he would contest the seat.
On the day Mrs Cox died, he won 32 votes as a candidate in the Tooting by-election.
The previous month he came last with 4,941 first preference votes (0.2 per cent of ballots cast) in the Mayor of London election. Mr Love is joined in the by-election by Therese Hirst of the English Democrats and Jack Buckby of Liberty GB.
He claimed to be standing in memory of Mrs Cox with the aim of uniting the public on air pollution.
Mr Love’s ambitions were set out in an online media release. In it he claimed that air pollution will kill 200,000 people in Britain over the next five years.
Mr Love called for protections in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to be enforced for public safety.
Claiming to be a film director and music producer, Mr Love founded the One Love Party last year.
Its website states: “The One Love Party is a techno-progressive political party for peace, freedom and international co-operation on the exploration of space for the benefit of mankind.
“We convey a universal message of unity and peace for all of mankind. We will rid the world of the metaphorical barriers that suppress socio-economic and intellectual freedoms.
“Human rights; health and well-being; freedom of information: these are the values we hold sacrosanct.”
Mr Love released an online rap video and single called ‘Jo Cox: I’ll Be Missing You’ on what would have been her 42nd birthday last month.
His internet media release said proceeds will be donated to orphans in Kashmir, Palestine and Syria.