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George Galloway: Here’s why I’m going to court to challenge a rigged election - words I never thought I'd write about Britain

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“George was matching Labour vote for vote, at one point he moved ahead of them. Then a whole slew of votes arrived on the table…”

This testimony from a rival party counting agent who witnessed the counting of votes at the Batley and Spen by-election is just a tiny sample of the evidence we shall lead in our legal action to set aside the result of the election and force a re-run of the contest.

To be clear, I am NOT saying that I won the election, still less that I am unhappy with the stunning 22% vote share which we achieved from a standing start in just four weeks in a constituency where I was frequently, ubiquitously, described as an "outsider".

The conduct of the count, while egregious, suspicious, damning, is not the main

thrust of my court challenge, but it does put the tin-hat on a contest so Orwellian as scarcely to be believed unless you were there.

Though tradition stipulates a recount of the votes where the winning margin is close, particularly less than 1% of the vote, this was denied by the Returning Officer. It was requested by both the Tory runner-up and by myself. It was denied without reason.

The “slew of votes” which tuned up in the dead of night were “postal votes”, though they did not arrive by post, but by open black plastic bin bags in unmarked cars with no police presence, entirely unsealed, unprotected from potential contamination. This, in the highest profile by-election in many years.

In 2001, just 4% of the votes cast in Batley and Spen were postal votes. In 2019, it had gone up to 21%. In this by-election in 2021, it was an astonishing 42%, explaining the strange sensation of having won........

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