Sometimes the urgent need for an organisational call-to-arms takes over this column because there is something that needs to be done, rather than debated.
One such case is tomorrow, Thursday 29 March: the Bradford West parliamentary by-election.
George Galloway of the Respect party thinks he has a chance of beating Labour’s excellent local candidate Imran Hussain.
On Twitter Galloway has said:
‘Ladbrokes have suspended betting on the Bradford West by-election because of the numbers backing me. Others hv slashed odds massively.’
You can get a flavour of his campaign from this Guardian report:
As Mr Galloway is notoriously litigious I am not going to run a detailed critique of him here, but merely to state that I do not agree with his views on a series of major issues, I find the rhetoric he used to attack the last Labour government and Tony Blair repugnant and divisive. Bradford West could do with an MP with a better voting record than Mr Galloway managed when he represented Bethnal Green and Bow (he only participated in 8.4 per cent of Commons votes in 2009).
I will be going to Bradford tomorrow to help stop this man getting back into the House of Commons.
I hope Progress readers will join me there.
Campaign HQ Details are:
Address: Bradford Labour party, 29 Cheapside, Bradford, BD1 4HR (opposite the Midland Hotel which is next to Bradford Forster Square Train Station)
Opening hours: 0900 – 1900 (7 Days a week) – until 2200 on polling day
Telephone Number: 07872 417220
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