Galloway secures Rochdale seat with Gaza focus, challenges Labour

Veteran leftist George Galloway has won the Rochdale parliamentary seat, promising to challenge the Labour Party on Gaza issues ahead of the national election.

Publication: 01.03.2024 - 13:21
Galloway secures Rochdale seat with Gaza focus, challenges Labour
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Galloway's campaign, centered on pro-Palestinian themes, resonated with Rochdale's Muslim community, criticizing both Labour and the Conservatives for their stance on Israel's conflict with Hamas. This marks Galloway's seventh term in Parliament, highlighting UK divisions over the Israel-Hamas war.

With over 30,000 deaths reported in Gaza, Galloway's victory introduces a contentious voice to the UK Parliament, especially with an election looming. In his victory speech, Galloway criticized both Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak, indicating a tumultuous term focused on Gaza. His win, with 12,335 votes, underscores Labour's challenges, particularly after withdrawing support from its original candidate, Azhar Ali, due to controversial comments.

Labour faces internal divisions over Gaza, with Galloway poised to amplify these issues. Despite a low 39.7% voter turnout, Galloway's win for the Workers Party of Britain introduces a disruptive force in British politics, especially with his commitment to addressing Gaza and local issues like reinstating Rochdale's maternity services.

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