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George Galloway Contemplates Mayoral Bid in Manchester Shortly After Securing Rochdale Seat


George Galloway’s recent victory in the Rochdale by-election has sparked speculation about his next political move. Despite just securing a seat in the House of Commons, reports suggest that he is now contemplating running for Greater Manchester mayor, potentially challenging incumbent Andy Burnham in the upcoming May election.

Galloway, known for his controversial views and leadership of the Workers Party of Britain, wasted no time criticizing his former party, the Tories, and the recent Budget upon returning to the Commons.

George Galloway (Credits: Spiked)

He labeled Jeremy Hunt’s announcement as an “absolute nothing burger” and doubted its benefits for Rochdale, the constituency he now represents.

However, his swift consideration of a bid for Greater Manchester mayor has raised questions about his commitment to his constituents.

Reports indicate that Galloway is eyeing a campaign focused on securing a “better deal” for the city’s surrounding towns, contrasting Burnham’s purported focus on the metropolis.

George Galloway (Credits: Al Jazeera)

In his statement to the Manchester Evening News, Galloway emphasized the need for attention to the broader Greater Manchester area, suggesting that the allure of the city center may have too enamored Burnham. He highlighted the darker and more austere realities faced by the surrounding towns.

Galloway’s political career has seen him represent various seats in the Commons, including Glasgow, east London, and Bradford, initially under the Labour Party and later with the Respect Party.

His recent landslide victory in Rochdale, where he secured nearly 40% of the vote amidst chaos and controversy, has emboldened his aspirations for broader political influence.

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