GEORGE Galloway is set to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election, it has now been announced. Writing on Aron Banks' new Westminster website Mr. Galloway says:
'I have decided to enter the race to succeed my friend for thirty
years, Sir Gerald Kaufman, as MP for Manchester Gorton.
'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
'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.'
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