By Roger Bagley in Parliament in London, England:
Galloway: I’m heading army of the alienated
Monday 16 April 2012
“There is an army massing in the north and in the great industrial and post-industrial cities of this country,” warned the victor of last month’s Bradford West by-election.
“It is an army of alienated, disappointed people who feel that this place has let them down.”
In a surprise move, one of Mr Galloway’s formal sponsors for his Commons swearing-in ceremony was Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for the neighbouring constituency of Bradford South.
Mr Galloway announced his intention to raise the Afghan war at the earliest opportunity in the Commons this week.
He warned that the military situation was “disastrous” and “frankly like the Vietnam war in 1968.”
Mr Galloway previously served as Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, and Labour MP for two Glasgow constituencies before he was expelled from the party.
“Churchill I believe was the only other person who won six elections in two countries in four different constituencies,” he quipped.
He also noted that since his election victory the Bradford Bulls rugby league team had won four consecutive victories.
And he announced that he would be at a local football match on Saturday to cheer on Bradford City against Macclesfield Town.
“The suspension of Lord Ahmed indicates that new Labour is on some kind of suicide mission as far as Muslim voters are concerned,” he said.
“Bush and Tony Blair should be on trial and they should be locked up for the rest of their natural lives in the same cell.”
George Galloway’s Respect Party has claimed a major scalp in Bradford by ousting the leader of the council. Labour’s Ian Greenwood lost his Little Horton seat, after three re-counts, to Respect’s Alyas Karmani: here.