30/07/2015 18:44 BST | Updated 30/07/2015 18:59 BST

George Galloway Says He'll Rejoin Labour If Jeremy Corbyn Wins Party's Leadership Battle

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Former Labour M.P. George Galloway at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh.

Controversial former Labour MP George Galloway has announced he will re-join the party he was expelled from 12 years ago "pretty damn quick" if Jeremy Corbyn wins the leadership battle.

The 60-year-old politician backed frontrunner Corbyn in a 3-minute interview he gave to LBC late on Thursday.

"The chance of a fresh start, a Labour start, is quite an intoxicating idea," he said. "If Jeremy were to win, everyone on the left will rejoin the Labour party."

"My only surprise is that Jeremy is doing quite so well... He's the most unspun individual in British politics. He doesn't even spin the colour of his beard or the clothes that he wears."

Galloway added: "He doesn't spin his words, he says what he believes...and he's always said it. That can't be said for any of his rivals, who've been flip-flopping around."

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The former respect MP said he felt people were "fed up of the Blairites", and that Corbyn would "re-energise" sidelined voters who had ditched the party.

Pressed by LBC presenter Iain Dale to give a definite answer on whether he would seek to rejoin a Corbyn-led Labour Party, Galloway said he'd happily return "pretty darn quick... hundreds of thousand would".

Galloway made headlines earlier this year after being ousted from the Commons in the May General Election, only to announce weeks later he would stand to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

Galloway had sat as an MP, first in Glasgow, then in Bethnal Green & Bow, for Labour since 1987, but was removed from the party after being found guilty of bringing it into disrepute.