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London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox is being sued for libel after he called three people “paedophiles” on Twitter.

Mental health campaigner Simon Blake, Drag star Crystal, and actress Nicola Thorp began legal proceedings against actor-turned-activist on 1 April.

The claimants allege Mr Fox defamed them on Twitter in October. The comments have since been deleted.

Mr Fox defended his comments, claiming the term “paedophiles” was a “meaningless and baseless” insult.

During the manifesto launch for the Reclaim party, which Mr Fox leads, he said was unaware of the defamation case.