He’s campaigning on the Middle East and Palestine and it’s going down well in the Muslim community.

Galloway was a Labour MP until 2003 when Tony Blair booted him out.

He then beat his former party in Bradford and East London.

Now he wants Labour to lose in Batley to drive Keir Starmer out: “If, for whatever reason, you think that the current leader of the Labour party needs to be replaced, I’m your man,” he said when launching his campaign.

The battle with Galloway is dragging the Labour campaign away from Ms Leadbeater’s focus on the community into a contest over who can shout loudest about an international conflict more than 3,000 miles away.

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