Articles tagged with George Galloway
by Lewis Baston / 28 Jan 2013 09:21
The Bradford West by-election of March 2012, in which George Galloway gained a previously reliable Labour seat in a landslide, was one of the most surprising by-elections of the last few decades. But for all its singular nature it illuminates some general truths about the state of politics.
Mainstream political parties have themselves to blame for their humiliation by Respect in Bradford West. Over the long term, the local Labour and Conservative
by Caroline Crampton / 18 Apr 2012 13:00
You might have expected the unemployment figures released this morning to dominate prime minister’s questions – David Cameron certainly did, since when Ed Miliband failed to raise it in his first question he immediately asked why not. In some ways, the figures are good news for the government – unemployment is ever so slightly down – but there are some strong lines of attack for Labour too, with huge numbers of young people still
by Sadie Smith / 16 Apr 2012 14:05
To everybody’s surprise apart from, possibly, his own, George Galloway has been returned as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Bradford West. In a couple of weeks time, London will vote on who it wants as its Mayor, and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that the citizenry are going to plump for Evening Standard-botherer and scourge of the “Zionists”, Ken Livingstone.
These two defeats for the comrades – okay, so the fat
by Caroline Crampton / 16 Apr 2012 12:20
George Galloway is about to become a fixture of the parliamentary estate once more.
He will be sworn in this afternoon around 3.30 (providing no last-minute questions or statements are granted). PoliticsHome reports that his supports at his swearing-in will be Father of the House Sir Peter Tapsell and fellow Bradford MP Gerry Sutcliffe.
Two big issues to watch out for now that Galloway is an MP again are how often
by Emma Burnell / 31 Mar 2012 12:16
"...well this just confirms what I've been saying all along."
Barely was the shocking result out of the mouth of the Bradford West returning officer, than the pundits were rushing to tell us what it all meant and how it confirmed what they had been saying all along (despite none of them predicting this result at all). Saying about what? About Miliband, about Iraq, about the core vote, about policy on
by Martin Shapland / 30 Mar 2012 10:07
It's Friday morning and it’s been a long, confusing, week. After government gaffe piled upon government calamity and Labour took a double digit lead for the first time this Parliament, the big story at the end of the week is a Labour by-election meltdown following their hammering by George Galloway in Bradford West.
It’s left me rather in a spin, and the government’s media operation has fared no better. Cameron suffered
by Caroline Crampton / 30 Mar 2012 08:18
George Galloway has won the Bradford West by-election for the Respect Party with a 36.59% swing from Labour.
The former MP has hailed his victory as a "Bradford Spring" and said it is "the most sensational victory in British political history".
With a turnout of 50.78%, Galloway attracted a majority of 10,140. He's the first independent candidate to win a by-election since the 1970s.
It was also a tough night for
by Dan Hodges / 16 Dec 2011 13:20
He is no more. Hitch, RIP. Come to think of it, resting in peace is the last thing you would have wanted to do. Rest in hyperbolic but beautifully crafted fury.
The left lost Christopher Hitchens long before today. Or at least what some have called ‘the classic left’ did. Those of us on the neo-Blairite wing of the movement recognised, if not quite a good comrade, at least a kindred spirit.
by Fern Tomlinson / 22 Aug 2011 15:51
Comedian Matt Forde not only managed to get away with asking Tony Blair where the toilet was in Downing Street, he landed an invitation to Blair’s private resignation speech after doing so. Forde worked for the Labour Party in the East Midlands and is a self-confessed “huge Blairite” with an infectious love of all things political. He has “no shame in admitting that when the East Midlands Labour Party offered me a job it
by Amber Elliott / 06 May 2011 11:56
Lord Mike Storey
Lib Dem Lord Storey did not have a good evening in Liverpool. The former leader of the Lib Dem group lost one 11 seats for the party. First elected to the city council in 1973, he became the youngest chair of education in the history of Liverpool and sat as a councillor for 38 years. Sadly, times-they-are-a-changing, and Lord Storey lost his seat to an 18-year-old Labour candidate. Newly-elected teenager