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Khan 20% lead, Galloway at 0% in London Mayor race.

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George Galloway is currently polling at 0 per cent in the London mayoral race

Fans of George Galloway, look away now – that said, there’s not many of you.

The Respect candidate is currently polling at 0 per cent, according to the latest YouGov/Evening Standard poll of 1,000 Londoners on the Mayoral race.

Clearly this did not work:

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All out for one last effort!

In case this doesn’t work there is this:

Mayoral candidate George Galloway is already planning to take Sadiq Khan’s Tooting seat if the Labour candidate beats him to City Hall next month.  SW Londoner.

Mr Galloway has thrown his hat into the mayoral race and will be representing the Respect Party in May’s election but is eyeing up his post-Mayoral race career.

With swipes at Zac Goldsmith ‘I respect him but no one should vote for him’ and ‘boring robot’ Sadiq Khan aside, he agrees with the other candidates that the housing crisis is the biggest issue plaguing London.

He said: “We need hundreds of thousands of council houses. It is the only democratic form of renting because you can evict your landlord and elect a new one.

“That would drive rent down in the private sector. We have the highest rents and house prices in the entire world,” he added.

However when asked where he would build these homes, Mr Galloway admitted that London may have to sacrifice London’s open spaces in order to solve the crisis.

“We need to build on brownfield sites, NHS and TfL land. We won’t be able to solve it just by building on brownfield we need to build on select greenbelt lands.”

He felt that Boris Johnson’s efforts to create affordable housing was not good enough and determined that 50% of London’s new housing should be affordable.

Mr Galloway also argued that Sadiq Khan’s promise to be the most ‘pro-business mayor’ is the wrong tactic.

He said: “Big business doesn’t need a mayor, it is the people who work for businesses that do. I will be the most pro-worker, the most pro-tenant.”

In regards to transport, he acknowledged that his plans to give all students free travel are radical.

He said: “All students will travel for free because of the theft of the EMA and the crippling tuition fees – these people need a break.”

When asked how he would pay for this he noted that seats are empty on buses already so the government are already paying for it.

On London congestion and air quality he said: “All delivery trucks would be banned from London in the daylight hours so they would have to deliver during the night.

“If your vehicle is highly polluting you will have to pay very dearly indeed.”

Mr Galloway believes that the Mayor of London need to have both a strong personality and strong policies in order to succeed, which is where he feels the frontrunners are lacking.

He said: “Both of the main candidates are above all else boring.

“Both of the previous mayors have been big figures. They were nobody’s robot. Sadiq Khan in particular even speaks like a robot.

“Zac Goldsmith looks the part until he speaks. I know him well, I like him and admire him. He is a principled and honourable guy but he is a Tory so nobody should vote for him.”

Mr Galloway did announce that should Sadiq Khan win the election, he would look to take his seat as Tooting MP in the by-election.

He said: “I think a by-election in Tooting would be very swift.

“It is easier to win a by-election than a general election, as you don’t have a national tide of feeling to compete with.”

However he is not giving up the top job without a fight, expressing his long-held desire for the position.

He said: “I have always wanted it. When Ken Livingston first ran I remember thinking ‘I wish I could have done that’.

“I watched his victory as an independent over Labour and that got me. It is a great and big job in every sense of the word.”

Written by Andrew Coates

April 22, 2016 at 9:37 am

6 Responses

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  1. I don’t believe these polls, you’ll see, there’ll be a surge and Galloway will win. Nobody will vote for Tory boy and the gentrifier Sadiq Khan against the great George Galloway.

    also, why do you promote these islamophobic attacks on Maila B but don’t say nothing about Sadiq Khan ‘extremist’ links?

    if not, i’ll eat my fedora.

    left, right march to victory!
    Grassroots Out!

    Dean

    April 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  2. “Dean” really is a spoof sub-Dave Spart-type character invented by someone like Craig Brown, isn’t he or she?

    Jim Denham

    April 22, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  3. Jim Denham – you’re usually one to pick up on things like this- why do you ignore Sadiq Khan’s ‘extremist’ links while attack Malia B?

    AWL = Against workers liberation.

    Dean

    April 22, 2016 at 11:35 pm

  4. Because Khan has denounced anti-Semitism, not promoted it. But why am I debating with a spoof?

    Jim Denham

    April 23, 2016 at 12:24 am

  5. I find ‘Dean’ rather endearing.

    Like a mangy much-loved old pooch I am reluctant to put him down.

    Andrew Coates

    April 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

  6. Well he keeps me away and saves me wasting time having pointless arguments.

    redkorat☭ (@red_korat)

    April 24, 2016 at 9:21 am


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