London Mayoral Race - George Galloway: 'The city needs a big figure to lead it'

London Mayoral Race - George Galloway: 'The city needs a big figure to lead it'

George Galloway joined Julia Hartley-Brewer in the studio

Monday, April 25, 2016

George Galloway, London Mayoral Candidate for The Respect Party, insists it needs "a big figure" to lead the city.  

The former MP for Bradford West, who has had a wide and varied career in politics, believes the mayor needs to be a powerful presence.

"London needs a leader, not a reader," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "It doesn't need a desiccated calculating machine."

Galloway agreed with an editorial which labeled election front-runners Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan as 'Lilliputian'. 

"I think Lilliputian is a good description." he added. "As a big world city, it [London] needs a big figure, a bigger figure than the front two, to lead it."

He asserted his plans were "radical" enough to implement effective change, but also to benefit workers on lower incomes. 

"I've got a raft of policies which would radically change the city," he insisted. "London is essentially a tale of two cities, the one per cent dripping with gold and the rest struggling to survive. 

"The rest need a mayor on their side, and I would be on their side."

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