Galloway ‘likely to stand’ in by–election

Former MP George Galloway was back on the campaign trail and kissing babies yesterday as he announced he was “almost certain” to stand in the forthcoming Bradford West by-election.

The Dundee-born former Respect MP, who was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 over comments he made about the war in Iraq, stood on the steps of Bradford’s City Hall to explain he had come to test the water but “the chances are” he will stand in the poll.

He said: “I’m here to take the temperature in the city. I’m finding it warm and sunny so far.

“The chances are that [when] the nominations open then I will be candidate for Respect in the Bradford West constituency.”

After he was told the by-election would probably be in about three-and-a-half weeks time, he said he was “almost certain” he would stand.