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George Galloway to Stand – for Pirate Party? – in Manchester Gorton By-Election.

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Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Irn Bru!

Having already posted today I would not normally immediately follow with another.

But this is news!

Shiver me timbers..

Maties everywhere Thar she blows!

George Galloway to stand for Parliament again in Manchester Gorton by-election.

George Galloway is to stand for Parliament at an upcoming by-election in Manchester, he has announced.

The veteran left-winger accused Labour of being a “divided, ineffective opposition” and said he would contest Manchester Gorton to replace the late Labour MP Gerald Kaufman.

All hands hoay! 

Galloway chose to announce his decision on the Westmonster site, set up by Aaron Banks, which publicises Marine Le Pen, the Hungarian government and argues for a Farrage Hard Brexit (Westmonster describes itself as: “Pro-Brexit, pro-Farage, pro-Trump. Anti-establishment, anti-open borders, anti-corporatism.” Press Gazette).

The “All-Asian short-list” hand-picked by Keith Vaz is just not good enough for the people of Gorton one of the most deprived constituencies in Britain. The short-listing, which excluded many better candidates, is the latest in a long line of insults delivered by mainstream parties to local communities. I will run as an Independent candidate and will write a regular by-election diary for Westmonster. This is my initial election statement.

I have a long connection with the Manchester area – two of my children live here – and with the Gorton constituency in particular. The late Sir Gerald Kaufman was a friend of mine for over 30 years. Our friendship began before I was an MP, continued throughout my near 30 years with him in Parliament and afterwards. His appearance on my television show was his last big interview and will stand the test of time.

Sir Gerald was a big figure in the House of Commons and was known far beyond it from Hollywood to Palestine and Kashmir. When he spoke people listened.

Now he’s gone to Davy Jones’ Locker..

Batten down the hatches!

I have decided to seek election for Manchester Gorton in the forthcoming by-election precisely because of my admiration for its late MP and I hope to persuade voters of every background that I am the best person to try to fill his shoes.

I want to continue his work on international issues – which are particularly important in Gorton- especially the issues of Palestine and Kashmir but also the broader questions, the dangerous confrontation between the west and the Muslim world which threatens all of us.

I would like to be the big voice for Manchester Gorton it still needs. Manchester is great, world class. But Gorton can’t be left behind. Whether it’s jobs -proper jobs – wages public services the NHS and schools. The struggle for students has always been a parliamentary preoccupation of mine. I was a Labour MP when Tony Blair introduced tuition fees and I broke a 3 line whip to vote against them. I opposed Blair’s privatisation of the NHS too and warned on both that a future Tory government would only pile on the misery on top of New Labour’s foundation.

I opposed Tony Blair with all my heart and soul and paid for it with my expulsion from the party in 2003 – after 36 years membership.

Heave ho!

This week is the 14th anniversary of the Iraq War against which I was one of the leaders of the greatest mass movements ever seen in this country. I make this plain here – if I am re-elected to Parliament I will seek to put Mr. Blair on trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity and lying to the British Parliament and people.

I think you already know that when I’m fighting for something everybody knows about it.

Whether it’s my speeches in Parliament or on the streets,  my films, my TV shows, my radio shows, my work on social media where I have over a million followers, when I’m fighting for Gorton everyone will know about it. Everyone will have to listen.

I have been six times elected to Parliament and I don’t think even my worst enemy would deny my impact there.

Of course there will be other choices you might make. A thicket of councillors will put themselves forward. I am not a local councillor any more than Sir Gerald was. I am a parliamentarian as he was a parliamentarian. I will be heard if you elect me, on matters local national and international. On Brexit and Scottish nationalism, on war and peace on houses and Schools on work and unemployment on immigration on the commonwealth on roads and refuse. I will live here, I will work here, I will serve here.


I am like Sir Matt a Scot of Irish background. There are plenty of us around Manchester. My 40 year relationship with Pakistan and Bangladesh my 40 years with the Arabs mean I can speak the language. I can talk the talk but I also walk the walk.

Galloway will be able to say to Labour, in at least four languages, Walk the plank!

If I were to win here it would be the Mother of All by-election victories for “The hard working people of Gorton” who would never be forgotten again.

If I don’t, then the alternative will be a career politician, with NO change and no Development for Gorton. It will remain the same most deprived 10% of constituencies in our country.

We know that Labour is divided, an ineffective opposition still busy fighting each other, there is a danger that the people of Gorton will never be heard from at Westminster again. Don’t settle for ordinary. It’s been half a century since Gorton had an ordinary MP. You can make that change, Think big, Think George Galloway for Gorton.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm

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  1. You wont be laughing when he’s back where he belongs, in the House of Commons as an MP.
    left, right, left, right forward march to victory!


    March 21, 2017 at 6:48 pm

  2. “It’s been half a century since Gorton had an ordinary MP. You can make that change, Think big, Think George Galloway for Gorton!.”

    Fedora’s are cool.


    March 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    March 21, 2017 at 7:16 pm

  4. Probably just a ploy to sell his children’s books.

    Howard Fuller

    March 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm

  5. It would be funnier if it weren’t for his attachment to the far-right Westmonster site, which apparently has this background,

    On 19 January 2017 (one day before Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States) Banks launched Westmonster alongside Michael Heaver, former press adviser to Nigel Farage.[54][55] It is modelled on the popular right-wing US websites Breitbart News and the Drudge Report and claims to be “pro-Brexit, pro-Farage, pro-Trump, anti-establishment, anti-open borders, anti-corporatism”.[56][57] Banks believes that Leave.EU’s 800,000 Twitter followers will drive traffic towards the website.[55] In the morning of 19 January, Westmonster’s Twitter account had gained more than 2,500 followers.[58]

    Westmonster is co-owned by Arron Banks and Michael Heaver, former press adviser to Nigel Farage.[54][55]

    The official registered owners of the site are Heaver, who owns 50% of the website and is a daily editor,[54] and Better for the Country Ltd. Better for the Country Ltd is the company that ran Leave.EU (one of two main pro-Brexit campaigns, affiliated to Farage) and is directed by Leave.EU’s chief executive, Elizabeth Bilney. Better for the Country Ltd is also registered to the same address as Westmonster.

    Early contributors and style[edit]
    Westmonster was launched 19 January 2017, one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.[54] Its welcome message stated that the political establishment had “taken one hell of a beating” in 2016, adding that “2017 might just be even bigger”.[58] The timing of this launch was seen as sign that the anti-establishment media which helped Trump to gain power was arriving in the UK, according to BBC News’ media editor Amol Rajan.[54]

    Although primarily a news aggregator website akin to the Drudge Report, Westmonster does plan to publish original content[54][55] and enlist the support of celebrities and backbench MPs.[58] Early contributions to the website include the a piece written by Nigel Farage claiming that the “political establishment” of the United Kingdom had not woken up to European populist movements, as well as articles showing majority British support for a burka ban and attacking “remoaners” for “trying to subvert the will of the people”.[58]

    Heaver was keen for Westmonster to replicate the success of Breitbart in the United States,[54] whose executive chairman, Stephen Bannon, became President-elect Trump’s chief strategist.[55][59]


    Andrew Coates

    March 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm

  6. George Galloway – indefatigable.


    March 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm

  7. Wait till he gets Gorton mixed up with Gordon (Alex Salmond’s constituency) like he did with Bradford & Blackburn.


    March 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm

  8. Beneath comment.

    Andrew Coates

    March 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  9. Andrew Coates

    March 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

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