Commenting on George Galloway's decision to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
"While George Galloway won't pick up enough votes to win, he clearly will take a number of votes from Labour. That increases our chances of winning as the only party that can beat Labour in Manchester Gorton.
"George Galloway is a divisive, hard left campaigner of the old school and an ardent supporter of Brexit.
"There will be little support for his brand of politics in Manchester Gorton, which is a diverse and tolerant place and voted 62% to remain in the EU.
"His decision to enter the race is yet another consequence of the chronic splits and weak leadership in the Labour party. People in Manchester want change, they deserve better than a failed politician and a failing Labour party."