Bradford West by-election

George Galloway has pulled off a shock victory in the Bradford West by-election.

The Respect candidate called the result a 'massive rejection' of the mainstream parties, as he swept to victory with a majority of over ten thousand

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Protester tries to pelt Galloway with eggs

A protester has attempted to pelt George Galloway with eggs as he left for open top bus victory of Bradford.

The new MP for Bradford West was unhurt as the man threw around a dozen eggs, shouting "he's a parasite, a sycophant, we don't want him here".

Galloway seemed unfazed by the attack, climbing on to the bus, lighting a cigar and giving a victory sign. Onlookers applauded and car horns were sounded as the bus moved through the city centre.

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Victory bus

Victory bus Credit: Lisa Adlam

The bus has been prepared, a throng of cameras and reporters await its departure to carry a triumphant George Galloway through the streets of Bradford. Details of his route remain sketchy, as does the time he is due to leave.

No stranger to attention, the new MP for Bradford West has been attracting plenty of it, with dozens of people arriving at the solicitor's office he is using as a base to catch a glimpse of him.

One onlooker said: "I think to call it a 'Bradford Spring' is a bit much, but this has shown people how their vote can make a difference. I don't think something like this will happen again but it's got everyone talking hasn't it? And they talk about voter apathy?"

Imran Hussain reacts to Bradford West defeat

First of all I would like to express my sincere thanks to all my supporters, to the hundreds of people who knocked on thousands of doors and put so much time and effort into this campaign. It was obviously a desperately disappointing result for me personally and for Bradford West Labour Party. We need to learn the lessons from this huge protest vote - a rejection of all three mainstream parties. We will be doing a lot of listening, and must start our fightback now to make sure Labour puts ourselves in a strong position to win this seat back in 2015."

– Imran Hussain, Labour's candidate in the Bradford West by-election
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