Far-left politician George Galloway has said that “racists and zionists” will be celebrating after he lost his seat to Labour’s Naz Shah.
The Respect Party leader lost the constituency of Bradford West by a margin of 11,420 votes in a result that will be seen as a humiliating defeat for hard-line left-winger.
However, he remained defiant in his concession speech, saying: “I don’t begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration of course. But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating.
“The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign.”
The campaign for the seat had been particularly dirty, with Galloway accusing Shah of lying about details of a forced marriage.
The reaction of Twitter suggested few people, even those on the left, are mourning Galloway’s loss:
— malcolm cowing (@atillatherover) May 8, 2015
George Galloway is out. George – respect? Don’t make me laugh love. We have no respect for people pretending to be Muslim #GE2015
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 8, 2015
For fans of schadenfreude, here’s George Galloway’s victory convoy through Bradford before the count. Bwahahaha https://t.co/cXUhPEkXaS
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) May 8, 2015
Highlight of #GE2015 : BBC’s insistence of reminding us that George Galloway pretended to be a cat on Big Brother.
— Sarah Nicholson (@sarahnic) May 8, 2015
— Biker Les (@BikerLes) May 8, 2015
Yay. There’s some happy news. RT @britainelects: Labour GAIN Bradford West. George Galloway OUT.
— jonronson (@jonronson) May 8, 2015