George Galloway ready to contest Margaret Ferrier's seat if by-election called

George Galloway has said he could contest Margaret Ferrier’s Rutherglen and Hamilton West seat if a by-election is called.
George Galloway could contest by-electionGeorge Galloway could contest by-election
George Galloway could contest by-election

The former Labour and Respect MP is heading up the Alliance for Unity party, which is planning to stand in May’s Holyrood election on an anti-independence ticket.

Ms Ferrier is under pressure to resign after a 800-mile round trip to Westminster while suffering from Covid 19, but has so far refused to step down.

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She is now facing the prospect of a recall process if the Commons authorities suspend her and 10 per cent of her constituents back a petition demanding a by-election.

Mr Galloway has now called for just one pro-union candidate from either Labour, the Tories or Liberal Democrats to stand if any by-election is called, in a statement on Twitter.

“The three main pro-union parties better make a deal whereby they all stand aside for each other - starting with the by-election which MUST be called for Rutherglen and Hamilton West,” he posted.

"Or they will all be facing me in that by-election (no matter who phones me...).”

Mr Galloway, who now lives in the Borders area of Scotland, wants an end to the dominance of the constitutional issue in Scottish politics.

The Alliance for Unity has been formed with the Workers Party of Britain - Scotland and is described as "an Alliance of all who wish to see the defeat of the SNP and an end to the Neverendum on Scotland’s future”.

The alliance will be standing on the list in next year’s Holyrood election.

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