Wednesday, February 24News For London

George Galloway steps up 2016 Mayoral campaign

Ex-London MP George Galloway attempted to drum up support for his 2016 Mayoral campaign on Twitter over the weekend, but Twitter users had other plans.

Photo by David Hunt / CC BY
Photo by David Hunt / CC BY

Respect Party candidate George Galloway and his campaign team have sought to boost his image in the run-up to May’s London Mayoral elections, amidst signs that it is struggling to attract support.

The only Mayoral election opinion poll released in 2016 by YouGov, indicated Mr Galloway’s support was weak, at just 2% of voters in the first round.

Mr Galloway’s campaign team took to Twitter over the weekend, in attempt to appeal to the populist vote, insisting that he would “fight for all”, and not for those “dripping in gold”.

However, it was only a matter of time before Twitter users began to mock the campaign tweet. Tweeter Marc Blanc tweeted to the campaign twitter account, asking if “dripping in gold” was a “euphemism”.

Writer Jeremy Dunn joined in on the conversation a few hours later:

Mr Galloway was one-time Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005-10, and was successfully elected Respect MP for Bradford West in 2012, before being ousted in May 2015 by Labour candidate Naz Shah.

As well as running in the London Mayoral race this year, Mr Galloway is currently employed as the presenter of Russia Today programme “Sputnik: Orbiting the World”. This weekend, his programme featured a live broadcast interview with UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Before commencing the interview, Mr Galloway announced to the audience that he supported the idea of a Brexit from the European Union, claiming “I’m for leaving”.