George Galloway may quit "tedium" of Commons to run for London Mayor


Respect MP George Galloway has said he may quit the “tedium” of parliament in order to run for London Mayor in 2016.

In an interview in this month’s issue of Total Politics, Galloway railed at various politicians and parties and revealed he has discussed his ambitions with Labour leader Ed Miliband. He went on to say that he was considering standing down as an MP because life in the Commons is “98% tedium”.

“I’m interested in running for the Mayor of London in 2016 but I haven’t decided…I like elections more than I like serving,” he said.

“I relish them in the way most politicians don’t and this is the only mass popular election that there is here.”

He added: “I relish running for the office and the opportunity finally to be in power over substantial sets of important tasks in a city as great as London is obviously attractive.”

Galloway said that he discussed his potential run for Mayor with Miliband at a meeting earlier this year.

However, after reports of the meeting sparked rumours he could rejoin Labour, Miliband denied it, saying they had only got together to discuss constituency boundary changes.

According to the Evening Standard, Galloway later said that was a lie and called Miliband “an unprincipled coward with the backbone of an amoeba”.

He also lashed out at the controversial home office vans encouraging illegal immigrants to “go home”. He said that the vans should instead encourage people to “shop a tax dodger”.

He went on: “The right-wing wish to create a fear and loathing of immigrants, of the other, of the different, and they hope to gain votes from it. It’s the most despicable tactic, but familiar.

“The Notting Hill set that runs the Conservative Party would never dream of thinking they were racists. [But] would pride themselves on the people of colour that they have around their table at dinner parties, which just makes it all the more sick.”

Galloway also praised UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s “ability”, saying he could understand why he is popular. “I don’t like his instincts”, Galloway said, “but he is instinctive”.