George Galloway thinks Scotland will be independent in five years as he aims for London mayorship

 
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Staunch "no" campaigner George Galloway has said he thinks that an independent Scotland is "probably nigh" as he launches his campaign to be London Mayor.

"I think independence is probably nigh," he said in an interview with the Sunday Herald.

"The only way it could have been stopped is if we had got a Labour government last month and if that Labour government had begun to make a difference.

"But these next five Tory years are going to be very cold, and the SNP leadership seems to have the ball at their feet and know what to do with it.

"So I'd be very surprised if there wasn't another referendum in the course of this next five years, and I'd be very surprised if we managed to repeat the result we got last year."

The Respect Party Leader lost his Bradford West seat in the House of Commons in the General Election, nevertheless yesterday marked the official launch of his bid to replace Boris as London's next mayor.

He gave a speech saying he'd use his time at the helm of City Hall to tackle the city's social housing crisis, and also labelled current incumbent Boris Johnson a "blond buffoon".

Read more: George Galloway announces bid for London mayor

His pool of potential Labour rivals include MPs Dame Tessa Jowell, Sadiq Khan, David Lammy, Diane Abbott, Gareth Thomas as well as journalist Christian Wolmar.

Possible contenders for Tory candidacy include bookies' favourite Conservative Zac Goldsmith as well as former Arsenal star Sol Campbell.

Read more: Labour has unveiled its London mayor shortlist

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