Keir Starmer: George Galloway fires warning ahead of by-election
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George Galloway has warned Sir Keir Starmer he will be ousted by his own MPs before the start of the summer holidays. Mr Galloway, who was expelled from Labour in 2003, announced his candidacy for the forthcoming Batley and Spen by-election. He hopes to cause a similar upset to the Conservative by-election victory in Hartlepool earlier this month.
Speaking to a crowd as he announced his run, Mr Galloway said: “The announcement I just made to you will right now be disturbing Keir Starmer and the top leaders of the Labour Party.
“I’m not standing against Kim Leadbeater, I’m standing against Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.
“We need to get rid of Keir Starmer. I will make a prediction: If I win here on the 1st July, Keir Starmer will be out before the summer holidays.
“He will be overthrown by his own MPs because they know he is a block of wood that isn’t leading them anywhere!”
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He added: “Trust me on that, if I win, Keir Starmer will be able to relax on his summer holidays as the latest ex-leader of the Labour Party.”
Mr Galloway will run against Kim Leadbeater – the sister of Jo Cox, who was Batley and Spen’s MP until she was murdered in the constituency in 2016.
He will be standing as the Workers Party candidate for the constituency.
The by-election was originally triggered after the previous MP Tracy Brabin had to stand down when she was elected as West Yorkshire’s mayor at the beginning of May.
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Tom Harris, former Labour MP for Glasgow South, has warned Sir Keir that Mr Galloway has the ability to “unnerve” his opponents.
He said: “Galloway has faced electoral defeat before and has frequently managed to stage a dramatic comeback.
“That is what unnerves his political opponents even today.
“Because they recognise that he still has enough of a presence and the following to make waves.”
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Ahead of the election, some have warned losing another seat may be the end for Sir Keir’s tenure as party leader.
The party suffered a horrendous council election campaign which saw them lose eight seats and 327 councillors.
In contrast, the Tories tightened their grip across the country by adding 13 councils and a further 235 councillors.
This comes as allies of Jeremy Corbyn were last night accused of preparing for a Labour leadership contest.
The Mail on Sunday revealed that close allies of Sir Keir have accused Ian Lavery of being part of a plot to prepare the ground to install a far-left leader later this year
Mr Lavery insisted it was “utter nonsense” to see his intervention as a “potential takeover,” rather than trying to “encourage discussion and debate” inside the party.
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