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George Galloway to stand in Gorton

My first reaction was to think this was quite an amusing parody. Galloway declares:

The “All-Asian short-list” hand-picked by Keith Vaz is just not good enough for the people of Gorton one of the most deprived constituencies in Britain.

I (initially) found this a droll detail:

I want to continue [Kaufman's] work on international issues – which are particularly important in Gorton- especially the issues of Palestine and Kashmir [.]

And this:

It’s true I’m not local but then neither was Sir Matt Busby. Neither was Sir Alex Ferguson nor Pep Guardiola nor Jose Mourinho. Like them I want to work for you, for Gorton, for Manchester.

And this was just extraordinary:

I am like Sir Matt a Scot of Irish background. There are plenty of us around Manchester. My 40 year relationship with Pakistan and Bangladesh my 40 years with the Arabs mean I can speak the language. I can talk the talk but I also walk the walk.

But no – it’s apparently for real:

If I were to win here it would be the Mother of All by-election victories for “The hard working people of Gorton” who would never be forgotten again.