George Galloway boosts Lib Dem chance of victory in Manchester Gorton
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
George Galloway's decision to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election could boost the chances of a Liberal Democrat win.
Mr Galloway once acted like a cat during a stint on reality show Big Brother but his politics are perhaps even more alarming.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "While George Galloway won't pick up enough votes to win, he clearly will take a number of votes from Labour. That increases our chances of winning as the only party that can beat Labour in Manchester Gorton.
"George Galloway is a divisive, hard left campaigner of the old school and an ardent supporter of Brexit.
"There will be little support for his brand of politics in Manchester Gorton, which is a diverse and tolerant place and voted 62% to remain in the EU.
"His decision to enter the race is yet another consequence of the chronic splits and weak leadership in the Labour party. People in Manchester want change, they deserve better than a failed politician and a failing Labour party."
Every ward in Manchester Gorton constituency has elected a Lib Dem councillor in the last 11 years.
The Lib Dems secured 33% of the vote in the constituency in 2010.
No party other than the Lib Dems or Labour have elected a councillor or MP in this constituency since 1979.