Former Bradford West MP George Galloway has announced he is running for Mayor of London.
The controversial politician lost his Commons seat in this month’s general election.
He announced his candidacy for Mayor on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Winning City Hall’s top job requires the victor to win 50.01% of the votes cast in a two-round voting system. However the highest mayoral vote share achieved by Galloway’s Respect was 3.3% in 2004. Four years later they crashed to just 0.7%.
The party has also failed to win seats on the London Assembly where the capital’s PR system means just 5% will secure representation on the scrutiny body.
In 2004 Respect won 4.67% of the Assembly ‘list’ vote, almost twice the 2.4% achieved in 2008 when Galloway was their lead Assembly candidate.