George Galloway sworn in as the MP for Rochdale after by-election victory

George Galloway was sworn in as the new Workers Party of Britain MP for Rochdale this afternoon.

It came after his victory in the Rochdale by-election, in which the former Respect Party MP received 40 per cent of the vote and overturned a 9,668 vote Labour majority.

He was accompanied by the father of the House of Commons Peter Bottomley, and the Alba Party MP, Neale Hanvey.

Galloway met the speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, after arriving earlier in the morning at Westminster.

Speaking to reporters , he said: “I’ve always loved the building – the people in it not quite so much”. is the UK’s leading digital-only political website, providing comprehensive coverage of UK politics. Subscribe to our daily newsletter here.