Guess who's attempting a comeback? George Galloway is running in an upcoming Manchester by-election

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Galloway lost out at the last election to first-time Labour candidate Naz Shah. (Source: Getty)

Former Labour MP George Galloway is seeking a Westminster return in an upcoming Manchester by-election.

Galloway is to contest the seat of Manchester Gorton, which opened up following the death of Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman.

Galloway revealed the plan in a post written for the Arron Banks-funded Westmonster blog.

"We know that Labour is divided, an ineffective opposition still busy fighting each other, there is a danger that the people of Gorton will never be heard from at Westminster again," he wrote.

Galloway – who also staged a run for London mayor in 2015 – was expelled from Labour under Tony Blair, later snatching the seat of Bradford West from the party in 2012.

But he left parliament after being defeated at the general election by Labour's Naz Shah. He has previously sat as the MP for constituencies in both London and Glasgow.

A date has yet to be formally set for the vote, but it is loosely scheduled for 4 May.

Labour has held the Manchester seat since 1935, and Kaufman secured victory in 2015 with a huge majority of 24,079, making it one of Labour's safest seats.

Labour will select its own candidate for the by-election tomorrow night.

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