GEORGE Galloway spoke in Coventry on Friday of last week at a rally to launch the Respect initiative locally.
He was joined by London Region FBU treasurer Linda Smith, Dr Mohammed Naseem of Birmingham central mosque and Julian Nicholds, president of Coventry University Student Union. Around 150 attended the meeting.
Steven Cowden and Gurnam Singh are both members of Natfhe, the lecturers' union, at Coventry University. They said, "It's very important that there's an alternative to New Labour. The war was the worst thing they've done, and it's been a catalyst for united opposition to Labour."
Ro Silvester, a Stop the War activist who recently left the Labour Party, said, "I kept thinking Labour could change, but the war and the expulsion of George Galloway were the last straw. I'm going to make sure I help with the new coalition."