When asked how he felt about a walkout at the Grassroots Out rally on Friday (February 19) where he attended alongside UKIP's Nigel Farage to stand up for Brexit, George Galloway shrugged and said: "Some people left, 1,500 stayed and applauded me."
The Respect Leader, who is running in the London Mayor elections this May, paused before adding, "I don't have a relationship with Farage.
"But I believe in democracy, we should control our own affairs, hold our own fiscal views."
Since appearing on stage with Farage for the European Union Grassroots Out campaign, which is vying to be the official Leave campaign, both leaders have come under scrutiny for their so called partnership.
But in an interview with getwestlondon , Mr Galloway made it clear it is a matter of working towards a goal, rather than working as partners.
"Much of what I believe we need to do for London and the country is illegal as long as we are part of the EU," he said.
"Intervening in the steel crisis, re-nationalising railways, deporting criminals back to their own country, these are all things which are an issue whilst we stay in."
What about the liberal, young generation of London who see staying in the EU as opportunity for travel and jobs?
"It's not about being liberal" said Mr Galloway.
"I know people who can contribute to the country who are locked out of Britain, whilst Bulgarians or people from other countries who have had little to do with Britain can come in."
EU aside, what can the candidate, who has been in politics longer than the other runners, do for London?
'World's highest rent represents social cleansing'
"The major issue is housing," he said, when asked what the key issue is behind this year's mayoral elections.
"The tweedledum and tweedledee Goldsmith and Khan are not the answer to London's housing crisis.
"I'm proposing a crash programme of house building, council and social, 50% of which must be affordable.
"But there has got to be crackdown on houses bought in London as safety deposit boxes."
In a controversial move, Galloway has said should he be Mayor, any houses left unoccupied for a year will be reclaimed off the purchasers.
"There has to be building on the greenbelt, up and out, remember the era where architects competed to build some of the best tower blocks?
"People are being driven out by the housing crisis and we need to bring them back in. Right now, we have the world's highest rents, travel costs and house prices and this represents social cleansing, which is divisive."
Free travel for all young people
Mr Galloway has proposed free travel for all young people, which he said "made up for the theft of removing the Education Maintenance Allowance" for students.
"I remember [former Labour Prime Minister Tony] Blair saying to me about the introduction of tuition fees, 'it's only £1,000'," he said.
"But I knew £1,000 will be £10,000, it was a matter of principal."
The mayoral hopeful told g etwestlondon he has a track record of mobilising young people.
"I'll stand up to David Cameron on these issues and stand with Jeremy Corbyn - unlike my opponent who appears to be standing against Corbyn and with Cameron.
"London has had two big leaders, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone. It needs a big Mayor."
West London's issues: Heathrow and the NHS
"I'm against Heathrow airport expansion because I'm against toxicity - and Heathrow growth will make it worse" Mr Galloway explained.
"There are other ways to tackle this issue - I want to ban HGV trucks and vehicles to reduce traffic jams and reduce their access to overnight only.
"It works for New York City - London needs to be a 24 hour city too, with roadworks carried out during the night."
"The Mayor doesn't control the NHS, but surely London should have some power?" he said.
"Privatisation is deadly and the outcome is deadly."
Mr Galloway paused for a moment and said: "I'm a campaigner and I get stung more than the other candidates for sharing my views.
"But I say what I mean and I mean what I say, I'm not just saying it.
"Honestly, what do I think about this election? I think if I can come ahead of Sadiq Khan, I'll win and become London's next Mayor."