Corbyn Tweet Congratulating Galloway Resurfaces After Campbell's Explusion
28 May 2019, 14:38 | Updated: 28 May 2019, 14:44
A tweet from Jeremy Corbyn congratulating George Galloway has gone viral following Alastair Campbell's expulsion from the Labour Party.
Tony Blair's former Director of Communications has been expelled from the Labour Party after he admitted on LBC that he voted for the Liberal Democrats during the European Elections.
He told Iain Dale: "I voted for the Liberal Democrats.
"But I am not a Liberal Democrat. I am a Labour Party supporter and I voted because I think Labour need to get the message. And I think they are going to get the message, particularly in the more Remain areas."
However, a tweet sent by Jeremy Corbyn on 30th March 2012 has resurfaced in which he hails the "astonishing" victory of George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election, in which the Respect candidate beat Labour's Imran Hussain into second place.
Congratulations to George Galloway on astonishing result in Bradford. Big message here on opposition to wars and austerity.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 30, 2012
A lot of people on social media were keen to point out the apparent hypocrisy.
Except when Corbyn was a backbencher he more often than not voted against the Labour government and it was tolerated. Now he’s in charge in not ‘acceptable’..the very definition of hypocrisy— Matt Taylor #FBPE (@matjtaylor) May 28, 2019
The current (not in any way expelled) Labour member for Vauxhall. pic.twitter.com/TDoPzNN129— Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann) May 28, 2019
Some people believe the two are not comparable, with Labour MP Rupa Huq telling LBC: "There has been a culture of Stalinism about people who have tweeted the wrong things who were kicked out a few years ago.
"The real headline about these elections should be the results and where we go from there."