Published On: Fri, Jul 5th, 2024
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George Galloway humiliated as he loses seat 126 days after by-election | Politics | News

George Galloway has lost his seat 126 days after pulling off a surprise by-election victory in Rochdale.

The Worker’s Party of Britain incumbent, defending a majority of more than 6,000 votes, was defeated by Labour’s Paul Waugh.

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock blasted Mr Galloway immediately after the result, telling the BBC: “Galloway is repulsive. I’ve known him since 1983 and he is repellent.

“He is such a chancer.”

Mr Galloway finished in second place with 11,508 votes, behind former journalist Mr Waugh who was backed by 13,047 people.

Deluded Galloway previously claimed that his party would secure “double figures” in this election.

The controversial politician won a shock victory in the seat of Rochdale, Greater Manchester this year after Labour withdrew their support for candidate Azhar Ali.

Mr Galloway, a former Labour, Respect and now Workers Party of Britain member, entered the Commons with nearly 6,000 more votes than any rival and declared “Keir Starmer – this is for Gaza”.

Speaking ahead of the election, he told the M.E.N: “If I’m elected and there’s a Labour government, Labour will be able to refuse Rochdale nothing. Because the one thing in the world, in Rochdale, (Labour) want more than any other, is to see the back of me.”

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