George Galloway has inflicted a crushing humiliation on Labour as he made a sensational political comeback in a by-election he termed the “Bradford Spring”.
The controversial Respect politician won a stunning victory in the Bradford West by-election, defeating Labour by more than 10,000 votes.
The Tories were pushed into third place after the Budget backlash and fuel chaos, while the Liberal Democrats came fourth.
But it is Labour and their leader Ed Miliband who were left stunned and perplexed by the scale of their defeat and Mr Galloway’s victory.
In his victory speech, Mr Galloway invoked the series of uprisings that have toppled dictatorships across the Arab world as he called his victory the “Bradford Spring”.
He told Sky News’ Jon Craig that the poll was “the most sensational result in British by-election hsitory”.
“Labour has been hit by a tidal wave in a seat it held for many decades in a city it dominated for 100 years,” he told Craig.
He said the people of Bradford had felt “neglected, even betrayed” by the “path of treason” set by Tony Blair in 1994.
And he blamed New Labour’s involvement in “foreign war after foreign war” for leading the party astray.
He was no less scathing about the Tory campaign, calling the by-election a “miserable, pathetic performance by the Government