George Galloway is running as an independent in the Manchester Gorton by-election
Mr Galloway, who expelled from the Labour Party over his comments about the Iraq War, has promised he will put Tony Blair, on trial over the former Prime Minster’s alleged war crimes if elected.
He said: “I opposed Tony Blair with all my heart and soul and paid for it with my expulsion from the party in 2003 – after 36 years membership.
“If I am re-elected to Parliament I will seek to put Mr Blair on trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity and lying to the British Parliament and people.”
Manchester Gorton MP Sir Gerald Kaufman passed away in February
Announcing his intention to stand on Tuesday, Mr Galloway said he had a long connection with the Manchester area with two children living there.
The controversial candidate is seeking to replace Sir Gerald, who died in February this year, aged 86. [http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/772456/gerald-kaufman-oldest-mp-manchester-gorton-labour-dead-86]
Mr Galloway said: “I have decided to seek election for Manchester Gorton in the forthcoming by-election precisely because of my admiration for its late MP and I hope to persuade voters of every background that I am the best person to try to fill his shoes.
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He added: “I would like to be the big voice for Manchester Gorton it still needs.
“Manchester is great, world class. But Gorton can’t be left behind. Whether it’s jobs -proper jobs – wages public services the NHS and schools. The struggle for students has always been a parliamentary preoccupation of mine.”
While listing his election promises, the former Labour MP hit out at Mr Blair’s previous policies while Prime Minister.
He said: “I was a Labour MP when Tony Blair introduced tuition fees and I broke a three line whip to vote against them. I opposed Blair’s privatisation of the NHS too and warned on both that a future Tory government would only pile on the misery on top of New Labour’s foundation.
Mr Galloway ran for London Mayor in 2015 but lost to Sadiq Khan
He added: “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.”
A date has not yet been set for the by-election.