New reports from the Mail have revealed how firebrand veteran left-winger George Galloway could push Labour into third place in the key Batley and Spen by-election next Thursday, as he has been “hoovering up” the seat’s sizable Muslim vote.
But new information from the ground has suggested that outsider Galloway has made strong inroads with the area’s Muslim community and could score as many as 12,000 votes – putting him in a strong second place behind the Conservatives.
“We have got to get our vote out, and we should win it” said a senior Tory source to the Mail. “I think Galloway will hoover up the Muslim vote – almost all of it.”
According to the 2011 census, 52.2% of Batley East is Muslim while 30.5% of the population are Muslim in Batley West. Data from the 2021 census will not be released for some time, with the final release of outputs not expected until March 2023.
“He should get around 12,000 votes – although it depends on turnout. If we get 14,000 we should be alright. Labour look like getting 6,000” continued the source.
“Galloway is the threat. Labour is f*****.”
The source went on to predict that Galloway had “destroyed” the struggling left-wing party in the key Red Wall seat.
Yet another by-election drubbing for Starmer, who lost the traditionally Labour seat of Hartlepool last month and who saw his party lose its deposit with just 622 in Chesham and Amersham earlier this month, could increase pressure on the beleaguered Labour boss to step down in shame.
This website reported earlier this month on how Keir Starmer’s embarrassingly low approval ratings are now so bad that they are in line with those enjoyed by two-time elections loser Jeremy Corbyn at the same point in his leadership.
Only 24% of Brits think Starmer “has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister” and 48% of Labour’s own supporters say the party needs a new leader before the next election.