George Galloway: 'I could stand for Mayor of London'

George Galloway: 'I could stand for Mayor of London'

George Galloway

Boris Johnson

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

George Galloway has revealed he is seriously considering standing to become Mayor of London and might not fight to retain his Bradford West seat in the 2015 General Election.

The Respect MP said he has formed a committee of his party members and “political number crunchers” looking at whether or not he should mount a bid to become Mayor of London in 2016.

He said that the possibility was being explored now that Boris Johnson is widely expected to step down in 2016, and former Mayor Ken Livingstone has retired.

Mr Galloway said: “There is a committee exploring this and it is not a decision to be made imminently.

“There is three years until the election and it doesn’t have to be made urgently. This decision will be made progressively.

“I would never have stood against Ken, but the names being mentioned aren’t that impressive in my view.

“They include Labour’s Eddie Izzard, Dame Tessa Jowell and Lady Oona King, who I have already beaten in the Bethnal and Bow seat.”

Asked whether his plans could affect his Bradford West seat, he said: “It could affect it, but doesn’t necessarily.

“There is a possibility I could return for re-election in Bradford, then decide not to go for Mayor. I never have said I would stand again in Bradford. What I have always said is nobody knows my intentions, as I don’t know them.

“There was always the possibility I would not stand in Bradford, but it is equally possible I will.

“Everyone’s position comes to an end in May 2015 and no-one has the right to automatically assume they will be re-elected anywhere.”

Mr Galloway also said he felt he had the qualities to continue the London Mayoral traditions set by Mr Johnson and Mr Livingstone but he conceded he would need to raise a £1 million campaign fund to contest the election.

He said: “I think London needs an independent-minded Mayor, as it is probably the second most powerful position in the country. I would need to raise a million pounds to stand for it.

“There have only been two mayors, Ken and Boris, who are both independent-minded.

“They didn’t take orders from people and London might want to continue that tradition. I think I have the political drive and relationships with different communities that could make it quite successful. But it is all a long way off.”

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6:37am Sat 10 Aug 13

Walruss says...

George who ?
George who ? Walruss
  • Score: 15

6:49am Sat 10 Aug 13

Albion. says...

Good riddance.
Good riddance. Albion.
  • Score: 19

6:59am Sat 10 Aug 13

Mr Capp says...

Go for it George and dont forget to take your followers with you to ensure you win.
Go for it George and dont forget to take your followers with you to ensure you win. Mr Capp
  • Score: 22

8:24am Sat 10 Aug 13

mad matt says...

That man is a total IDIOT - the sooner we are rid of him the better!
That man is a total IDIOT - the sooner we are rid of him the better! mad matt
  • Score: 15

8:54am Sat 10 Aug 13

SinnerSaint says...

You've got to admire George for always having the best interests of his constituents at heart!

Exactly how gullible are our Muslim community to vote in a self promoting man of dubious morals and no dignity especially when he has a track record of using them for self promotion and delivering nothing once elected in Bethnall Green?!!!

He's got no hope whatsoever of being mayor of London but it's nice to see him demonstrating the lack of interest and commitment to Bradford that most people with any sense knew was always missing, despite his impressive repertoire of ****.

RESPECT??? Don't make me laugh - how much of that have you shown your electorate?
You've got to admire George for always having the best interests of his constituents at heart! Exactly how gullible are our Muslim community to vote in a self promoting man of dubious morals and no dignity especially when he has a track record of using them for self promotion and delivering nothing once elected in Bethnall Green?!!! He's got no hope whatsoever of being mayor of London but it's nice to see him demonstrating the lack of interest and commitment to Bradford that most people with any sense knew was always missing, despite his impressive repertoire of ****. RESPECT??? Don't make me laugh - how much of that have you shown your electorate? SinnerSaint
  • Score: 27

9:10am Sat 10 Aug 13

BD16 says...

What all you people are missing with your cynical remarks is the fact that we need to raise £1 million so that George can stand for mayor. Should we form some sort of committee to raise it for him? It might be council money well spent for once.
What all you people are missing with your cynical remarks is the fact that we need to raise £1 million so that George can stand for mayor. Should we form some sort of committee to raise it for him? It might be council money well spent for once. BD16
  • Score: 1

9:53am Sat 10 Aug 13

mad matt says...

Let him fund his ambitions himself - with a bit of luck he will vanish without trace!
Let him fund his ambitions himself - with a bit of luck he will vanish without trace! mad matt
  • Score: 15

10:36am Sat 10 Aug 13

Here today says...

The bloke is full of hot air and s*** in equal proportions.
The bloke is full of hot air and s*** in equal proportions. Here today
  • Score: 14

10:50am Sat 10 Aug 13

Tammy Dagshat says...

He has done absolutely nothing for this city. Good riddance to him and his self promoting, leeching ways. Do you think he will miss Bradford at all? He has probably forgotten who he represents already. And those people who voted for him just because he's pro Muslim should be ashamed of themselves. The sooner all types of religion is irradicated from politics in this city the better.
He has done absolutely nothing for this city. Good riddance to him and his self promoting, leeching ways. Do you think he will miss Bradford at all? He has probably forgotten who he represents already. And those people who voted for him just because he's pro Muslim should be ashamed of themselves. The sooner all types of religion is irradicated from politics in this city the better. Tammy Dagshat
  • Score: 20

10:54am Sat 10 Aug 13

bd7 helper says...

Man this guy is a waste of time he reckons his right all tym....
Stop lying
Man this guy is a waste of time he reckons his right all tym.... Stop lying bd7 helper
  • Score: 3

11:03am Sat 10 Aug 13

The Hoffster says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
You've got to admire George for always having the best interests of his constituents at heart!

Exactly how gullible are our Muslim community to vote in a self promoting man of dubious morals and no dignity especially when he has a track record of using them for self promotion and delivering nothing once elected in Bethnall Green?!!!

He's got no hope whatsoever of being mayor of London but it's nice to see him demonstrating the lack of interest and commitment to Bradford that most people with any sense knew was always missing, despite his impressive repertoire of ****.

RESPECT??? Don't make me laugh - how much of that have you shown your electorate?
At the time, he was the best of a bad bunch.
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: You've got to admire George for always having the best interests of his constituents at heart! Exactly how gullible are our Muslim community to vote in a self promoting man of dubious morals and no dignity especially when he has a track record of using them for self promotion and delivering nothing once elected in Bethnall Green?!!! He's got no hope whatsoever of being mayor of London but it's nice to see him demonstrating the lack of interest and commitment to Bradford that most people with any sense knew was always missing, despite his impressive repertoire of ****. RESPECT??? Don't make me laugh - how much of that have you shown your electorate?[/p][/quote]At the time, he was the best of a bad bunch. The Hoffster
  • Score: -15

11:23am Sat 10 Aug 13

BertSanders says...

You are indefigatable - Sir as you have said before.
Very good luck that you will be elected Mayor of London.
You comments regarding Godfrey Bloom were the kettle calling the pot black.
If you cannot be Mayor - leave Bradford - it is a bit of a dump.
You are indefigatable - Sir as you have said before. Very good luck that you will be elected Mayor of London. You comments regarding Godfrey Bloom were the kettle calling the pot black. If you cannot be Mayor - leave Bradford - it is a bit of a dump. BertSanders
  • Score: 1

11:24am Sat 10 Aug 13

SinnerSaint says...

Maybe that pillar of the community Councillor Abid Hussain could step up from local government? He's a well respected family man with sons who are law abiding, honest and upstanding.

LOL
Maybe that pillar of the community Councillor Abid Hussain could step up from local government? He's a well respected family man with sons who are law abiding, honest and upstanding. LOL SinnerSaint
  • Score: 8

11:46am Sat 10 Aug 13

Alhaurinrhino says...

Can't be that long before he disappears up his own a**e, hopefully he will take his "community" of followers up there with him.
Can't be that long before he disappears up his own a**e, hopefully he will take his "community" of followers up there with him. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 9

12:20pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Yorkshire Lass says...

Best story this week. Bye George, close the door on your way out. Don't think you will be missed that much.
Best story this week. Bye George, close the door on your way out. Don't think you will be missed that much. Yorkshire Lass
  • Score: 13

1:24pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Wrose42 says...

This cretin would be more suited to applying for a starring role in Cats rather than politics. A self indulgent, outspoken fool who would not be missed at all in Bradford.

Oh how the Muslims, who fell for his crap, must be loving putting their cross in his respect box now.......NOT!
This cretin would be more suited to applying for a starring role in Cats rather than politics. A self indulgent, outspoken fool who would not be missed at all in Bradford. Oh how the Muslims, who fell for his crap, must be loving putting their cross in his respect box now.......NOT! Wrose42
  • Score: 13

4:18pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Sheffieldbull says...

Wrose42 wrote:
This cretin would be more suited to applying for a starring role in Cats rather than politics. A self indulgent, outspoken fool who would not be missed at all in Bradford.

Oh how the Muslims, who fell for his crap, must be loving putting their cross in his respect box now.......NOT!
Maybe that's what he really means...The Lord Mayor's cat ala the other Dick (as in Whittington)
[quote][p][bold]Wrose42[/bold] wrote: This cretin would be more suited to applying for a starring role in Cats rather than politics. A self indulgent, outspoken fool who would not be missed at all in Bradford. Oh how the Muslims, who fell for his crap, must be loving putting their cross in his respect box now.......NOT![/p][/quote]Maybe that's what he really means...The Lord Mayor's cat ala the other Dick (as in Whittington) Sheffieldbull
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Sat 10 Aug 13

idleone says...

Galloway is an arrogant self centred and thoroughly vile person. He does not belong in Bradford and we will be richer for his departure. Get out Galloway, you are no politician, just a trouble causer.
Galloway is an arrogant self centred and thoroughly vile person. He does not belong in Bradford and we will be richer for his departure. Get out Galloway, you are no politician, just a trouble causer. idleone
  • Score: 11

10:00pm Sat 10 Aug 13

zippiehippie says...

So much for his commitment to Bradford.
So much for his commitment to Bradford. zippiehippie
  • Score: 8

10:36pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Rhinoman says...

This man is a w**ker. For him even to think he could follow Boris he must be on another planet . If the cockneys were daft enough to vote this tool in then they deserve everything they get(or nothing as it has been in Bradford).
All he is interested in is listening to himself on Tv/Radio talking crap, nothing to do with or for the muslim community who voted him in . Sooner he goes the better , to where know one know's but our gain will be their loss.
#wheresgeorge9
This man is a w**ker. For him even to think he could follow Boris he must be on another planet . If the cockneys were daft enough to vote this tool in then they deserve everything they get(or nothing as it has been in Bradford). All he is interested in is listening to himself on Tv/Radio talking crap, nothing to do with or for the muslim community who voted him in . Sooner he goes the better , to where know one know's but our gain will be their loss. #wheresgeorge9 Rhinoman
  • Score: 5

2:36am Sun 11 Aug 13

spinnekop says...

Trouble is if he could brainwash the brainwashed of Bradford then he could probably brainwash the brainwashed of Bethnal Greed. Zombie apocolypse has got nothing on this guy.
Trouble is if he could brainwash the brainwashed of Bradford then he could probably brainwash the brainwashed of Bethnal Greed. Zombie apocolypse has got nothing on this guy. spinnekop
  • Score: 5

8:14am Sun 11 Aug 13

Waydownsouth says...

You could indeed George. London is a great centre of comedy and you fit the bill superbly
You could indeed George. London is a great centre of comedy and you fit the bill superbly Waydownsouth
  • Score: 4

9:15am Sun 11 Aug 13

Tammy Dagshat says...

Lets also not forget this vile mans views on rape which led to the standing down of prominent female members of his party. Lets also not forget the Pakistani and fundamental thugs he associated himself with to promote his rise to power. I wonder how they feel now he has deserted them? This guy isn't fit to kiss Marsha Singhs boots.
Lets also not forget this vile mans views on rape which led to the standing down of prominent female members of his party. Lets also not forget the Pakistani and fundamental thugs he associated himself with to promote his rise to power. I wonder how they feel now he has deserted them? This guy isn't fit to kiss Marsha Singhs boots. Tammy Dagshat
  • Score: 6

9:34am Sun 11 Aug 13

SinnerSaint says...

"And with your support and if God wills it, I want to give my remaining days in the service of all the people - Muslims, Pakistanis and everyone in Bradford West. I await your sincere judgement in this matter."

Just 18 months after being elected, he's stating his desire to take his politics elsewhere. In it for the long run eh George?
"And with your support and if God wills it, I want to give my remaining days in the service of all the people - Muslims, Pakistanis and everyone in Bradford West. I await your sincere judgement in this matter." Just 18 months after being elected, he's stating his desire to take his politics elsewhere. In it for the long run eh George? SinnerSaint
  • Score: 6

3:29pm Sun 11 Aug 13

lynxman26 says...

the masses are against Galloway because he is anti zionist and and not anti muslim. if he was anti muslim, im sure he would have got a different response to what he's getting now. i say, tell me one politician who has done any good? if you are going to judge, judge them all equally.
the masses are against Galloway because he is anti zionist and and not anti muslim. if he was anti muslim, im sure he would have got a different response to what he's getting now. i say, tell me one politician who has done any good? if you are going to judge, judge them all equally. lynxman26
  • Score: -8

3:37pm Sun 11 Aug 13

SinnerSaint says...

lynxman26 wrote:
the masses are against Galloway because he is anti zionist and and not anti muslim. if he was anti muslim, im sure he would have got a different response to what he's getting now. i say, tell me one politician who has done any good? if you are going to judge, judge them all equally.
He is what he is because it allows him to keep himself in the public eye and promote his own agenda - namely himself. He craves attention and takes advantage of people who are politically vulnerable by promising them the earth. Then delivers nothing.

The above is an extract from a letter he sent to households within the Bradford West constituency promising them that he would dedicate the rest of his life to serving them. That was 18 months ago.

Now he sees an opportunity for a more high profile role and it seems that promise wasn't worth the paper it was written on. Only a fool would continue to support him or believe anything he says.... Are you a fool?
[quote][p][bold]lynxman26[/bold] wrote: the masses are against Galloway because he is anti zionist and and not anti muslim. if he was anti muslim, im sure he would have got a different response to what he's getting now. i say, tell me one politician who has done any good? if you are going to judge, judge them all equally.[/p][/quote]He is what he is because it allows him to keep himself in the public eye and promote his own agenda - namely himself. He craves attention and takes advantage of people who are politically vulnerable by promising them the earth. Then delivers nothing. The above is an extract from a letter he sent to households within the Bradford West constituency promising them that he would dedicate the rest of his life to serving them. That was 18 months ago. Now he sees an opportunity for a more high profile role and it seems that promise wasn't worth the paper it was written on. Only a fool would continue to support him or believe anything he says.... Are you a fool? SinnerSaint
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Sun 11 Aug 13

Tammy Dagshat says...

This man is a parasite on this city feeding of disharmony between communities. Once he has fed on the divisions in this city he will move onto the next just like he did in Bethel Green. Lynxman 26 is I deed a fool to buy into his anti this anti that ideology. This city needs to work together to achieve anything. Who's with me on this ? Who's with me? We need an independent who cares about this city and cares about bringing people together. That's it, I should start my own party called Bradford First which is anti nothing. Who's with me?
This man is a parasite on this city feeding of disharmony between communities. Once he has fed on the divisions in this city he will move onto the next just like he did in Bethel Green. Lynxman 26 is I deed a fool to buy into his anti this anti that ideology. This city needs to work together to achieve anything. Who's with me on this ? Who's with me? We need an independent who cares about this city and cares about bringing people together. That's it, I should start my own party called Bradford First which is anti nothing. Who's with me? Tammy Dagshat
  • Score: 8

5:34pm Sun 11 Aug 13

Colin Allcars says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
"And with your support and if God wills it, I want to give my remaining days in the service of all the people - Muslims, Pakistanis and everyone in Bradford West. I await your sincere judgement in this matter."

Just 18 months after being elected, he's stating his desire to take his politics elsewhere. In it for the long run eh George?
If that's a direct quote, interesting that he puts muslims and pakistanis 9(s there much differance in parts of Bradford) before everyone else. Just think if a politician was quoted as "Chistians, English and everyone"
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: "And with your support and if God wills it, I want to give my remaining days in the service of all the people - Muslims, Pakistanis and everyone in Bradford West. I await your sincere judgement in this matter." Just 18 months after being elected, he's stating his desire to take his politics elsewhere. In it for the long run eh George?[/p][/quote]If that's a direct quote, interesting that he puts muslims and pakistanis 9(s there much differance in parts of Bradford) before everyone else. Just think if a politician was quoted as "Chistians, English and everyone" Colin Allcars
  • Score: 3

5:45pm Sun 11 Aug 13

SinnerSaint says...

Google "an important message from George Galloway".
Google "an important message from George Galloway". SinnerSaint
  • Score: 0

7:41pm Sun 11 Aug 13

andyman5357 says...

yes the bloke is out for his own interests only , he is a loud outspoken idiot, He speaks fluent political crap just like the rest of the career politicians. and has an ego bigger than even he can imagine, sod off george and disappear up your own ******* .
yes the bloke is out for his own interests only , he is a loud outspoken idiot, He speaks fluent political crap just like the rest of the career politicians. and has an ego bigger than even he can imagine, sod off george and disappear up your own ******* . andyman5357
  • Score: 3

12:38am Mon 12 Aug 13

BierleyBoy says...

One thing is for sure, George Galloway would have the support of almost everyone in Bradford if he chose not to stand again in Bradford West & instead headed off to London.

He won't fool enough Muslims to get re-elected in 2015 & will walk away from Bradford, just like he did in Bethnal Green & Bow.

He wouldn't stand a chance in London or risk his own money. He'll just wait for another opportunity to present itself & in the meantime keep himself busy with self promotion.
One thing is for sure, George Galloway would have the support of almost everyone in Bradford if he chose not to stand again in Bradford West & instead headed off to London. He won't fool enough Muslims to get re-elected in 2015 & will walk away from Bradford, just like he did in Bethnal Green & Bow. He wouldn't stand a chance in London or risk his own money. He'll just wait for another opportunity to present itself & in the meantime keep himself busy with self promotion. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 2

7:59am Mon 12 Aug 13

Dunn one2 says...

I will pay for this idiot to leave total a@@sehole
I will pay for this idiot to leave total a@@sehole Dunn one2
  • Score: 0

2:49am Tue 13 Aug 13

joenee says...

Nothing more than a Narcissistic Egotistical rat,that's what Georgie boy is..................
Nothing more than a Narcissistic Egotistical rat,that's what Georgie boy is.................. joenee
  • Score: 0

7:37am Fri 16 Aug 13

Dunn one2 says...

Five having a go at him now, as the jam sang'WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN,not long now bye bye
Five having a go at him now, as the jam sang'WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN,not long now bye bye Dunn one2
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Fri 16 Aug 13

Rob the 1st says...

Respect for dead football supporters(not), where were you George at the annual memorial service ????
Respect for dead football supporters(not), where were you George at the annual memorial service ???? Rob the 1st
  • Score: 0

5:59pm Fri 16 Aug 13

Tinybantam says...

George Galloway.......Snake oil salesman!
George Galloway.......Snake oil salesman! Tinybantam
  • Score: 0

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