Labour’s self-sabotage leaves Rochdale byelection up for grabs

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Party’s belated renunciation of Azhar Ali for antisemitic comments leaves George Galloway and Simon Danczuk vying for pole position

It was the arrival of George Galloway that Labour feared would cause the party the biggest headache in the Rochdale byelection at the end of the month.

But in the end it was Labour’s own candidate, the Lancashire county councillor Azhar Ali, who has sabotaged what should have been a safe Labour seat (majority: 9,668) and made a Galloway victory a slightly more likely prospect on 29 February.

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