[Marxism] George Galloway, Respect Coalition & the British election
tony at tao.ca
Thu May 5 22:35:31 MDT 2005
For those who have been following the Respect Coalition in Britain, the
election results from yesterday's polling were quite interesting.
See http://respectcoalition.org/elect/results.php for the results that
George Galloway's win against his opponent in a very close race in
Bethnal Green and Bow seems to be very much an indictment of Blair's
policies in Iraq (Galloway won 38.9% of the vote, and won with just
over 800 more votes than his Labour Party opponent received). Labour
had reportedly put a great deal of financial and other resources into
the campaign of the official Labour candidate in that riding.
Salma Yaqoob, a leading anti-war campaigner, received a very
respectable 27.5% of the vote, placing only 3300 votes behind the
winning Labour Party candidate in her riding.
Lindsey German, a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party in
Britain who ran on the Respect platform, also received a respectable
result - with 19.5% of the vote in her riding (her Labour opponent
easily won with over 50% of the riding's vote, but German's result
showed that a sizable number in her riding were willing to vote for
someone with explicit revolutionary socialist politics, which is quite
Galloway records shock poll victory
May 6 2005
George Galloway has taken the safe seat of Bethnal Green and Bow from
Labour in a shock election victory.
He polled over 15,000 votes in the supposedly safe Labour seat to
defeat Labour's Oona King.
Mr Galloway, who based his campaign on opposition to the Gulf war,
said: "This is for Iraq."
He told Tony Blair: "All the people you have killed, all the lies you
have told have come back to haunt you and the best thing the Labour
Party can do is sack you."
Mr Galloway, 50, overturned a 10,057 majority for Ms King at the last
He polled 15,801 votes to Ms King's 14,978.
The defeat will send shockwaves through the Labour Party.
Ms King, 37, was one of Tony Blair's most loyal supporters and backed
the war in Iraq.
The east London seat was one of 25 being contested by Mr Galloway's
Supporters of the two main candidates fought a bitter campaign, which
turned violent on occasion. In April, Mr Galloway claimed he was the
victim of death threats by a gang of Islamic extremists as he canvassed
in the constituency. Ms King had her car tyres slashed and was pelted
with eggs and vegetables.
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