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George Galloway's Respect Party defeated by Labour

George Galloway (Library picture)
George Galloway was beaten into third place at this election

George Galloway's hopes of gaining ground from Labour were destroyed after his Respect Party lost its only seat.

Mr Galloway came third in Poplar and Limehouse after being defeated by Jim Fitzpatrick, defending for Labour.

His Respect Unity Coalition party has now disappeared from the House of Commons after also losing the seat he won in 2005, Bethnal Green and Bow.

Respect's third target, Birmingham Hall Green, saw a strong swing in its favour but Labour held on to the seat.

In 2005, Mr Galloway rocked Labour by winning Bethnal Green and Bow from the then MP Oona King. The outspoken anti-Iraq war MP built a solid following of Muslim voters in the East End of London and had hoped to expand the reach of his Respect-Unity Coalition party in the 2010 general election

Mr Galloway, 55, switched to the neighbouring constituency while the party fielded a Muslim candidate in Bethnal Green. He had hoped to win the support of the area's Bengali communities - but in both seats the party was beaten by Labour.

Food and Farming Minister Kim Fitzpatrick polled 18,679 votes in the newly formed seat, a majority of more than 6,000 over the Conservative candidate Tim Archer.

Mr Galloway, who could not be found by officials when they were ready to declare the result, came third with 8,160 votes.

The seat had been considered to be more marginal than its predecessor but Mr Fitzpatrick's share of the vote rose.

In Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour candidate Rushanara Ali polled 21,874, a 42% share of the vote and majority of 11,574 over the Liberal Democrat's Ajmal Masroor.

Respect again came third with Abjol Miah receiving 8,532 votes - a swing from the party to Labour of almost 11%.

Despite losing its one seat and being defeated elsewhere, Respect's candidate in Birmingham Hall Green, Salma Yaqoob, described her second placing to Labour's Roger Godsiff as "a success".

Mr Godsiff polled 16,039 votes, a 32% share of the vote and majority of 3,779 over Ms Yaqoob's 12,240 votes.

But the Respect candidate, one of the most well-known Muslim campaigners in Britain, achieved a swing of almost 8% away from Labour after a long grassroots campaign to build support.

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