Morrissey reportedly considering running for mayor of London

The musician would run on an animal welfare platform, and says "what animal protectionists need to say is very well worth saying"

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Musician Morrissey is said to be considering running as a candidate in the upcoming election to find the new mayor of London.

It is reported that outspoken former frontman of The Smiths has been invited to become a mayoral candidate for the UK's Animal Welfare Party.

In a statement published on Morrissey fan site True to You, the singer says "animal welfare groups cannot persist simply in order to continue to persist. There must be a governmental voice against the hellish and archaic social injustice allotted to animals in the United Kingdom simply because those animals do not speak English, otherwise millions of very caring citizens are greatly concerned about issues that no one is able to do anything about.

"What animal protectionists need to say is very well worth saying and well worth hearing," he adds.

In the statement, the singer also calls Jamie Oliver an "animal serial killer", asking if the celebrity chef "feels so passionate about including 'kid meat' (young goat) into the human diet, would he consider putting forth one of his own kids (children) for general consumption?"

The mayoral election is due to be held on May 5th to find the replacement for incumbent Conservative mayor Boris Johnson, who was elected as an MP in last year's British general election.