GEORGE Galloway has officially taken his seat in the House of Commons after being sworn in on Monday afternoon.

The new MP for Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, was led into the chamber by Alba MP Neale Hanvey and Conservative MP Peter Bottomley, the father of the house.

Galloway, originally from Dundee, walked into the chamber to deathly silence.

He swore allegiance to the King on a copy of the Bible.

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Galloway last week swept to victory in the Rochdale by-election, trigged by the death of Labour’s Tony Lloyd.

He is a deeply controversial figure with critics accusing him of “parachuting” into areas with large Muslim populations to gain seats in the Commons. His admirers praise his fiery rhetoric and consistent opposition to Western foreign policy.

Last week he became the first MP since Winston Churchill to represent four separate towns and cities throughout the UK, having previously served as an MP in Glasgow, Bradford and London.

His election to parliament sent shockwaves through Westminster, with the Prime Minister addressing Galloway’s re-election in a hastily arranged press conference on Friday to speak about extremism.

Rishi Sunak said it was “beyond alarming” Galloway had been re-elected.

Galloway dedicated his win in Rochdale to Palestine. In his victory speech he said: “Keir Starmer: this is for Gaza.

“You will pay a high price for the role that you played in enabling, encouraging and covering for the catastrophe presently going on in occupied Palestine.”