Having lost his seat in the House of Commons in the general election earlier this month, George Galloway has announced he will stand for Mayor of London in 2016.
He made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday afternoon: “I’m standing for Mayor of London 2016. If you can help in any way, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Respect Party leader told the press last month that he would run for London Mayor if he lost his seat in Parliament.
Boris Johnson MP will be standing down as Mayor of London next year after serving two four-year terms.
Johnson, who is known for his eccentric public persona, won a seat in Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the general election.
Several prominent figures have already announced their intention to run for mayor.
From the Labour Party, former Shadow Education Minister Diane Abbot, former Culture Minister Tessa Jowell, former Transport Minister Sadiq Khan and David Lammy, the former innovation, universities and skills minister, have all said they will bid for the position.
From the Conservative Party, businessman Stephen Greenhalgh, gay rights campaigner Ivan Massow and former England footballer Sol Campbell have all said they will stand in the election.
Galloway’s announcement comes after losing his Bradford West seat to Labour candidate Naz Shah by a majority of more than 11,000 votes.