Britain's George Galloway fails to win re-election

7th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Controversial British left-wing firebrand George Galloway failed to win re-election in Britain's vote Friday.

The outspoken Scot, who left the ruling Labour party over the Iraq war, failed in his challenge in the seat of Poplar and Limehouse in east London, near where he was elected in Bethnal Green and Bow five years ago.

Galloway is a controversial figure abroad, having been banned from Egypt after joining an aid convoy to Gaza earlier this year, and from Canada because of his donations to the Hamas-run government in the Palestinian territory.

At home he caused a storm in 2006 by agreeing to appear in Celebrity Big Brother -- while he was an MP -- and was widely mocked for donning a skin-tight red catsuit and purring during a game on the reality TV show.

He was not present when the results were announced Friday, returning the constituency's Labour lawmaker, Jim Fitzpatrick.

© 2010 AFP

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