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George Galloway

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George Galloway is a British politician, author, journalist, and broadcaster, and the Respect Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West. After first coming to public attention as the General Secretary of War On Want (1983-87), Galloway was elected a Labour Party MP (until 2003) in the 1987 general election representing Glasgow Hillhead and (from 1997) its successor constituency Glasgow Kelvin. He remained the MP for the later seat until 2005.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1954 Birth Galloway was born on 16 August 1954 in Dundee; the eldest of three, he has a younger brother and sister, Graham and Colette. … Read More

TWENTIES

1975 20 Years Old Galloway became Vice-Chairman of the Labour Party in the City of Dundee and a member of the Scottish Executive Committee in 1975.
On 5 May 1977, he contested his first election campaign in the Scottish district elections, but failed to hold the safe Labour Gillburn ward in Dundee. … Read More
1979 - 1980 2 More Events
1981 26 Years Old In late 1981, Galloway was interviewed for the Scottish Marxist in which Galloway supported Communist Party (CPGB) affiliation with the Labour Party, in the same way as the Fabian Society does. … Read More
Galloway attempted in 1983 to stand for the safe Labour seat of Rhondda after the Welsh Transport and General Workers' Union and the National Union of Miners had both nominated him to succeed Alec Jones, who had died. … Read More

THIRTIES

1985 - 1986 2 More Events
…  Between the general elections in 1987 and 2015, with a gap between 2010 and 2012, he represented four constituencies as a Member of Parliament, elected as a candidate for the Labour Party and later the Respect Party. … Read More
1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1992 37 Years Old The Labour Party leadership election in 1992 saw Galloway voting for the eventual winners, John Smith for Leader and Margaret Beckett as Deputy Leader.
1994 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, after Smith's death, Galloway declined to cast a vote in the leadership election (one of only three MPs to do so). … Read More

FORTIES

1996 - 2000 3 More Events
He was unchallenged for the nomination for the 2001 election. … Read More
2002 47 Years Old In a House of Commons debate on 6 March 2002, Foreign Office Minister Ben Bradshaw said Galloway was "not just an apologist, but a mouthpiece, for the Iraqi regime over many years."
After permission for a rally in Hyde Park during the international anti-war protests on 15 February 2003 was initially refused, Galloway said the government had a choice between "half a million people at the rally or half a million people in a riot".
In 2004, he became a member of Respect – The Unity Coalition, later known as the Respect Party (eventually becoming its leader by late 2013), and was elected as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the general election the following year.

FIFTIES

…  Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations' Oil for Food Program. … Read More
2006 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In an interview with Piers Morgan for GQ magazine in May 2006, Galloway was asked whether a suicide bomb attack on Tony Blair with "no other casualties" would be morally justifiable "as revenge for the war on Iraq?" He answered "Yes it would be morally justified.
Respect split in the autumn of 2007, with the SWP and Galloway's wing of Respect blaming each other for what he described as a "car crash on the left." … Read More
Galloway stood for election as a Respect Party candidate in the London Assembly election, 2008, but was not selected. … Read More
…  On 14 February 2009, Galloway and hundreds of volunteers launched the convoy comprising approximately 120 vehicles intended for use in the Strip, including a fire engine donated by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), 12 ambulances, a boat and trucks full of medicines, tools, clothes, blankets and gifts for children. … Read More
2010 - 2012 6 More Events
On 20 February 2013, Galloway walked out of a publicised debate when he found out that his opponent had Israeli citizenship. … Read More
On 2 August 2014, during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Galloway delivered a speech at a public meeting in Leeds. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

On 5 February 2015 Galloway appeared on an edition of the BBC's Question Time discussion programme which was recorded in Finchley, London, an area with the largest Jewish community in the UK. … Read More
During the general election campaign, Galloway announced that if he lost Bradford West, he would stand in the election for London Mayor in 2016. … Read More
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