Questions for Labour after defeat

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: George Galloway speaks to the media in Bradford, following his victory George Galloway speaks to the media in Bradford, following his victory

Ed Miliband is facing renewed questions over his leadership after Labour crashed to a calamitous defeat in the Bradford West by-election.

In one of the biggest by-election shocks of modern times, Respect's George Galloway overturned a 5,000 majority to storm home with a 10,000 vote lead in a seat held by Labour since 1974.

The result - the first loss suffered by an opposition party in a mid-term poll since 2000 - stunned the Labour leadership which was left groping for explanations for what had gone wrong. Mr Miliband immediately promised to return to the constituency over the coming weeks to learn the lessons of an "incredibly disappointing result" in a seat the party had been expected to hold comfortably.

"Clearly there were local factors, but I also say only four out of 10 people voted for the three mainstream political parties. We've got to understand the reasons why that happened in Bradford," he said. "We need to be engaged and rooted in every community of this country. We need to show to people that our politics, that Labour politics, can make a difference to people's lives."

A jubilant Mr Galloway - who campaigned on an anti-war ticket in a constituency with a large Muslim community - vowed to capitalise on his triumph, putting up Respect candidates throughout Bradford and other cities in the region in the forthcoming local elections in May.

In his victory speech, the maverick former Labour MP - who was expelled from the party in 2003 for his outspoken criticism of the Iraq War - drew a direct comparison with the uprisings in the Arab world.

"This, the most sensational result in British by-election history bar none, represents the Bradford spring," he declared, before being carried out shoulder-high by cheering supporters.

In contrast, his defeated Labour rival, deputy council leader Imran Hussain, walked out without giving the customary speech or commenting to reporters. Later, in a round of broadcast interviews, Mr Galloway taunted his defeated rivals, claiming that Respect now represented "real Labour".

"There is a tidal wave waiting to break all over the country, not just in Bradford," he said. "There are very large numbers of people disenchanted and alienated from the political process and from all three major parties. If a backside could have three cheeks, then British politics is that three-cheeked backside."

Mr Galloway polled 18,341 votes to 8,201 for Mr Hussain - a 36.59% swing from Labour since the general election. The Conservatives, with 2,746 votes, also saw their support slump while the Liberal Democrats in fourth place lost their deposit.

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7:04pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Brunning999 says...

A good indication of what the future Holds see on you tube:

TIP OF THE ICEBERG-THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR BRITAIN?
A good indication of what the future Holds see on you tube: TIP OF THE ICEBERG-THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR BRITAIN? Brunning999

7:16pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Highfielder says...

This is not an English byelection victory. It is a victory for the Muslim settlers of Bradford. Watch this same process surging onward over the coming years, not merely in England but over swathes of the EU.
This is not an English byelection victory. It is a victory for the Muslim settlers of Bradford. Watch this same process surging onward over the coming years, not merely in England but over swathes of the EU. Highfielder

7:59pm Fri 30 Mar 12

linzer says...

George Galloway is interested in George Galloway. The interests of Britain are the last thing on his mind.
George Galloway is interested in George Galloway. The interests of Britain are the last thing on his mind. linzer

9:36pm Fri 30 Mar 12

25414nora says...

linzer wrote:
George Galloway is interested in George Galloway. The interests of Britain are the last thing on his mind.
Absolutely agree!! A very low turn out, and the british people totally disillusioned with the three main parties. The Tories have moved their political ideals to the extreme right, and are dragging the Lib Dems along for the ride. The Labour party have lost their way and have now adopted the position preveiously held by the Tories. It's no wonder the British voters are totally confused..Come the General election, I fear more marginal freaks the likes of George Galloway will have a bigger profile in our town halls..Hope I'm Wrong for all our sakes..
[quote][p][bold]linzer[/bold] wrote: George Galloway is interested in George Galloway. The interests of Britain are the last thing on his mind.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree!! A very low turn out, and the british people totally disillusioned with the three main parties. The Tories have moved their political ideals to the extreme right, and are dragging the Lib Dems along for the ride. The Labour party have lost their way and have now adopted the position preveiously held by the Tories. It's no wonder the British voters are totally confused..Come the General election, I fear more marginal freaks the likes of George Galloway will have a bigger profile in our town halls..Hope I'm Wrong for all our sakes.. 25414nora

10:23pm Fri 30 Mar 12

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11:43pm Fri 30 Mar 12

doonhamer says...

A great result. The BNP must take heart from this. A new era is dawning. A real government will rule this country again soon. Not since 1650 when Oliver Cromwell came to power has this land been ruled appropriately. After lopping off Charlie's nut our land was supremely ruled. What chance of a repeat showing and ridding this country once again of all parasites etc.
A great result. The BNP must take heart from this. A new era is dawning. A real government will rule this country again soon. Not since 1650 when Oliver Cromwell came to power has this land been ruled appropriately. After lopping off Charlie's nut our land was supremely ruled. What chance of a repeat showing and ridding this country once again of all parasites etc. doonhamer

9:33am Sat 31 Mar 12

Brunning999 says...

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You tube TIP OF THE ICEBERG-THE BEGINNING OF THE EMND FOR BRITAIN?

That will blow you mind especially women.
Watch this poor lass from Luton and think about the future: You tube TIP OF THE ICEBERG-THE BEGINNING OF THE EMND FOR BRITAIN? That will blow you mind especially women. Brunning999
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