Over 800 people packed into a lecture theatre in the University of Manchester on Tuesday of last week to hear George Galloway launch Respect’s local election bid.
It was the biggest meeting anyone could remember at the university and, as George put it, probably the biggest campaign launch a council election has ever seen.
The meeting should galvanise Nahella Ashraf’s election campaign in the Rusholme ward, where the Respect message has been well received.
Respect is also staking its claim as the biggest student group on campus. Student Respect hosted the meeting and the majority of attendees were from the university.
Hopefully this should ensure that we bring a large contingent down to the 18 March Stop the War demonstration in London.
Around 150 people came to a Birmingham Respect rally last Sunday with George Galloway, Salma Yaqoob, Alliya Stennett and Raghib Aslan.
The meeting was built around two wards, Handsworth and Aston, where last year’s riots took place. Alliya and Raghib plan to stand as Respect candidates in the two wards. People from both Asian and African Caribbean communities attended the rally.