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The election in the news

Issue No. 1951

“Apart from George Galloway’s success, candidates standing for the anti-war Respect party won an average of 6.9 percent of the vote, easily the best performance by a far left party in British electoral history.”
John Curtice, Professor of politics at Strathclyde university

“It isn’t about being Muslim, it is about human rights. It doesn’t matter about religion. I wanted George because he seems to respect people’s human rights whether they are in this constituency, the UK or Iraq.”
Sultan Ali, a market trader quoted on BBC news

“Galloway represented a more socialist, Old Labour style, programme. His campaign expressed a cynicism about private finance initiatives, which I liked.”
Josephine Slater, a magazine editor from Bethnal Green & Bow quoted on BBC news

“War was Blair’s achilles heel… he was saved by the lack of any alternative.”
Jihad al-Khazen, in Lebanese newspaper al-Hayat

“The politicisation of Britain’s Muslim population has clearly become a factor all parties must now consider.”
The Saudi Gazette

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Sat 14 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1951
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