George Galloway disrespects former Chancellor just hours after Rochdale by-election victory

Rochdale’s newly elected MP George Galloway has wasted no time in offending his fellow colleagues in the House of Commons on social media.

The Workers Party of Britain leader stunned the two main parties by winning 39.7% of the vote in yesterday’s by-election, enough to secure a position as a representative in Parliament.

And the controversial 69-year-old took to X, formerly Twitter, to bite back against Sajid Javid’s criticism of his victory.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Javid said: “An awful by-election outcome for my home town of Rochdale and the country.

“Exceptional circumstances, and a very low turnout. But still a vote for hateful, toxic and divisive politics. Bigger lessons must be learned.”

Yet Galloway – who served as a Labour MP between 1987 and 2003 – was keen to discredit Javid’s evaluation and mocked the Conservative backbencher.

He responded simply: “Who are you?”

The Rochdale by-election success is the Scot’s seventh by-election victory in his political career, during which he has represented three different parties across four decades.

Galloway remains a divisive personality having been accused of both antisemitism and extremism by figures and commentators from across the political spectrum.

Image credit: David Martyn Hunt via Flickr

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