Having lost his seat in Bradford West, if George Galloway is a man of his word, he will stand for Mayor of London in 2016.

But could he return to the capital much sooner and declare his candidacy to run for mayor of Tower Hamlets?

The former Bethnal Green and Bow MP has traction in the borough and has already promised his Respect party would return to east London and contest that seat in the future.

He has also supported disgraced former Tower Hamlets incumbent Lutfur Rahman, once describing him as ""the most popular and best mayor in the country".

Mr Rahman was removed from office by the High Court, after his election was declared corrupt and illegal. He was banned from standing for five years.

The deadline for nominations in the Tower Hamlets mayoral election is May 14, leaving Mr Galloway six days to make up his mind.

The Wharf has asked whether he plans to stand following his defeat but has yet to hear back.

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