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Flamboyant Polish businessman enters London mayoral race

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Nick Hodge 30.03.2016 12:36
Businessman Jan Żyliński, who has styled himself as a Polish prince, officially entered the London mayoral race on Wednesday, declaring that the city needs a leader 'with balls.'
Jan Żyliński. Photo: family archiveJan Żyliński. Photo: family archive

Żyliński, who grew up in the UK, registered on Wednesday as a candidate in the election, which takes place on 5 May.

He famously challenged Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), to a duel in April 2015, in protest against the latter's supposed discrimination” against Poles.

Żyliński said then that he would use the sabre of his late father – a nobleman and cavalry officer who led a celebrated charge in the Polish-Bolshevik War – to take on the politician.

Speaking prior to Wednesday's mayoral registration, Żyliński told London business paper City A.M. that Farage is “a scoundrel,” adding that “if I am elected mayor the first thing I will do is ban him from London.” (nh)

Listen to an extensive interview with Jan Żyliński

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