Morrissey, former leader of the Smiths, may be about to take on an even bigger leadership role: mayor of London.
According to this CNN article, the singer is said to be “very seriously” considering running as the candidate of a small party focused on animal rights and environmental issues.
Morrissey webzine True to You, which is widely considered to be his semi-official website, reports the singer—who is a vegetarian and outspoken defender of animal rights—has been approached by the Animal Welfare Party to enter the upcoming race.
“There must be a governmental voice against the hellish and archaic social injustice allotted to animals in the United Kingdom,” he says in a statement on the website. “What animal protectionists need to say is very well worth saying and well worth hearing. But we cannot just sit around waiting for establishment enlightenment.”
In a written statement to CNN, party leader Vanessa Hudson confirmed they had approached Morrissey.
“[The] Animal Welfare Party has asked Morrissey to consider standing as a candidate for us in the upcoming election for Mayor of London,” she wrote. “We'd like to see the mayoral contest include the views of a candidate who would seek to champion London not only as a world leading city for people but for animal welfare too.”