George Galloway
British politician
George Galloway
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.
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George Galloway crashes out of Commons in general election defeat
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Bradford Council are said to have alerted police over claims the the Respect MP retweeted the party's own exit poll before voting had finished at 10pm last night, it has been reported.
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Apologists for Israel Hatred in the UK
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The British Board of Deputies is an important and distinguished organization that is undermined by Jonathan Arkush's head-in-the-sand approach to the deluge of Israel hatred that has erupted in the UK. Arkush is hell-bent on defending Anglo-Jewry from charges of insufficient action. But in his response to me he contradicts himself on nearly every line. He praises Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub, on the one hand, for condemning the ignorant remarks of Jack Straw. Yet he does hold former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, or the office's current occupant, accountable for failing to do the same. Is it only Jews who are temporarily imported from Israel that are responsible to stand up to fraudulent charges of the Jewish state stealing Palestinian land? Does the office of Chief Rabbi not require its occupants to proudly defend the Jewish homeland? Arkush, who in his column claims responsibility for the welfare of British Jewish students, says he does not know "of a single British university" whe ...
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George Galloway in bitter spat with Ed Miliband - The Guardian
Google News - almost 4 years
The Guardian George Galloway in bitter spat with Ed Miliband The Guardian George Galloway has launched a furious attack on Ed Miliband, describing him as "an unprincipled coward with the backbone of an amoeba", after the Labour leader criticised the Respect MP. Galloway, a former Labour MP, spoke out on Friday after Miliband ... George Galloway: Ed Miliband lied about meetingBBC News Galloway-Miliband flirtation ends in brickbatsThe Times (subscription) Ed Miliband says he cannot promise to introduce a mansion -Huffington Post UK all 8 news articles »
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Ed Miliband should be PM, says George Galloway -
Google News - almost 4 years
BBC News Ed Miliband should be PM, says George Galloway The controversial Respect politician, a former Labour MP, is said to be encouraging his supporters to vote Labour in areas where there is no candidate from his own party. Mr Galloway described Mr Miliband as physically and intellectually “quite impressive” ... Ed Miliband discovers 'troublemaker' schooldays of wife JustineDaily Mail I want Ed Miliband to be PM, says Labour outcastEvening Standard Labour can't win on austerity agenda, says union bossBBC News Financial Times -ITN -New Statesman all 28 news articles »
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Margaret Thatcher dead: George Galloway's 'Tramp the dirt down' jibe -
Google News - almost 4 years Margaret Thatcher dead: George Galloway's 'Tramp the dirt down' jibe Controversial Respect MP George Galloway launched a brutal attack on Lady Thatcher yesterday, saying: "May she burn in hellfires." He also tweeted: "Tramp the dirt down" — the title of a 1988 Elvis Costello song attacking the then Prime Minister. Anger at George Galloway's 'tramp the dirt down' Twitter remark after Thatcher's ...Evening Standard The Indefatigability of George GallowayDale & Co. Margaret Thatcher critics berate former PMScotsman -Yorkshire Post -Bradford Telegraph and Argus all 11 news articles »
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'Tramp the dirt down': George Galloway's extraordinarily crass tweet leads the Left's sickening ... (Daily Mail)
Memeorandum - almost 4 years
Daily Mail: ‘Tramp the dirt down’: George Galloway's extraordinarily crass tweet leads the Left's sickening ‘celebration’ just minutes after Baroness Thatcher's death  —  George Galloway has provoked criticism after writing a ‘distasteful’ comment following the death of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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WATCH: The Harlem Shake Video That Got A Librarian Fired
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Students and politicians alike are calling for an Oxford University librarian to be reinstated after she was fired for the filming of a Harlem Shake video in one of the school's libraries. Though the librarian, Calypso Nash, did not actually take part in the making of the video, she allegedly lost her job because the filming took place on her watch, the Independent reports. Harlem Shake videos became an Internet sensation earlier this year. They typically involve one masked person dancing to the DJ Bauuer song for 15 seconds before a crowd joins in. According to Cherwell, the school's independent student publication, various colleges within Oxford University filmed their own versions of the viral dance hit throughout the month of February. However, the students who filmed their Harlem Shake video in the library reportedly did not get permission beforehand. As the BBC notes, the students were fined £30 to £60 (about $45 to $90), and Nash was fired. The Huffin ...
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George Galloway in anti-Israel storm (Tom Beardsworth/
Memeorandum - about 4 years
Tom Beardsworth / George Galloway in anti-Israel storm  —  Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.  —  To view the video directly, please click here  —  Video: Eylon Aslan-Levy  —  George Galloway, the Respect MP for Bradford West, has been accused by Oxford students of anti-semitism.
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Labour holds off Ukip in byelections
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Ukip cashes in on week of dream publicity from foster parent row but the night's three byelections were all won by Labour Labour scored comfortable victories in three byelections early on Friday morning, bringing in a hat-trick of new MPs for the party. Ukip also enjoyed a strong performance, coming second in two of the votes, and third in the other. In Rotherham, which Labour held with 9,866 votes, Ukip had hoped for a late surge after a week of dream publicity. Not only had polls put its national support at an all-time high of 11% but the Eurosceptic party topped the news agenda after two of its local members claimed they had been told they were unsuitable foster parents for children of east European origin because of their political views. Ukip came second in the town with 4,648 votes, and the BNP was third with 1,804. Respect took 1,778, and were followed by the Conservative party with 1,157. It was a particularly dismal night for the Liberal Democrats, who came eighth – behind ...
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Labour party members protest against 'outside' candidate in Rotherham
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
At least 60 card-carrying members stormed out of the meeting furious that Labour central command had shunned local hopefuls Labour party members in Rotherham protested against the decision to field an "outside" candidate in the forthcoming byelection by staging a mass walkout from the final selection meeting. At least 60 card-carrying members stormed out of the meeting on Tuesday night, furious that Labour central command had shunned local hopefuls, including the favourite, popular town councillor Mahroof Hussain. The dissenters said they would now not canvas for the eventual nominee, Sarah Champion, chief executive of Rotherham's Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. Having defeated the only other person on the shortlist, ex-RAF Wing Commander Sophy Gardner, Champion will fight what is sure to be a tightly fought byelection on 29 November, which was triggered by the resignation of Denis MacShane over his expenses. Fewer than 50 Rotherham Labour members were left to vote on her select ...
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British lawmaker criticized for joining reality TV show
Fox News - over 4 years
A British lawmaker is swapping the political jungle for the Australian rainforest and becoming a contestant on a reality TV show. Conservative legislator Nadine Dorries is facing criticism for taking part in "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here," which strands C-list celebrities in the Australian wilderness and subjects them to trials involving assorted creepy-crawlies. Dorries was criticized Tuesday for taking up to a month off from her parliamentary duties. Former Conservative legislator Harry Greenway called the decision "outrageous." In 2006, lawmaker George Galloway appeared on the TV show "Celebrity Big Brother" -- and was widely mocked for escapades that included lapping imaginary milk while pretending to be a cat. Dorries is an outspoken backbencher, best known for her prolific blogging and anti-abortion stance.
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Galloway says police officer entered his home in 'dirty tricks' operation - BBC News
Google News - over 4 years
BBC News Galloway says police officer entered his home in 'dirty tricks' operation BBC News Respect MP George Galloway has accused a senior police officer of entering his home without consent as part of a "dirty tricks operation" against him. Mr Galloway claims the counter-terrorism officer slept with his Parliamentary aide under his roof, set up fake ... George Galloway claims Scotland Yard counter-terror officer had sex with his ...Daily Mail George Galloway: Met 'dirty tricks' officer had sex with my aideEvening Standard Galloway: Met officer slept with my aide in "dirty tricks" operationLondon Loves Business -The Independent all 14 news articles »
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Qur'an-Burning Pastor Held Up At Border
Huffington Post - over 4 years
TORONTO - An anti-Muslim American pastor who earned an international reputation after burning copies of the Islamic holy text has been denied entry into Canada hours before he was to speak at a free speech rally in Toronto, organizers said Thursday. Allan Einstoss said Terry Jones was turned back at the Michigan-Ontario border after being held there for several hours. Einstoss decried the decision to keep Jones from attending a multifaith debate on freedom of speech, which was slated to take place in front of the Ontario legislature on Thursday evening. He poured scorn on the official reason for the denial, saying it defied logic. "In terms of checking for criminal records, I would make the assumption that's what they do on a daily basis," Einstoss said in a telephone interview. Jones issued a statement Thursday night expressing "shock" at being refused entry. "We consider this to be a grievous blow to freedom of speech. We hope that this is a lesson for the Canadians an ...
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George Galloway refuses to apologise to constituents over rape comments - The Guardian
Google News - over 4 years
The Guardian George Galloway refuses to apologise to constituents over rape comments The Guardian Respect's sole MP, George Galloway, has refused to apologise to his Bradford constituents for comments on rape that have caused widespread offence and led to the departure of his party leader, Salma Yaqoob. The maverick politician confronted members of ... Respect Party leader Salma Yaqoob quits blaming 'breakdown in trust'BBC News Respect Chief Salma Yaqoob quits after Galloway Respect chief quits in Galloway rowThe Press Association Channel 4 News -Bradford Telegraph and Argus all 37 news articles »
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George Galloway under fire AGAIN for calling Twitter user a 'window-licker'
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The Respect MP posted the comment on his Twitter page on Sunday when he tweeted to @Hawfa: 'you badly need medical help son. Will decent Rangers fans please substitute this windae-licker … '
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Galloway
  • 2016
    Ali Khan's libel case against Galloway over his claim that she had pursued a "dirty tricks" campaign against him and the Respect Party and had slept at his house with her (now former) husband was heard in the High Court on 20 June 2016.
    More Details Hide Details His counsel apologised on Galloway's behalf, and accepted that he had made "defamatory accusations". Ali Khan will receive a "five-figure sum" in damages and her legal costs. The police are believed to have decided against any action against Galloway. In July 2014, Ali Khan was given a 12-month conditional discharge after being convicted of encouraging her partner, a detective inspector, to illegally access emails. This occurred while she was employed by Galloway, but the judge at the hearing said there was nothing in the case "which casts aspersions of any nature on Mr Galloway".
    Following much criticised comments by Livingstone in late April 2016 concerning Adolf Hitler and Zionism, Galloway supported Livingstone's argument.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway disputed that Livingstone's comments were antisemitic, claiming the responses to Livingstone's comments by Labour MPs Sadiq Khan and John Mann were part of a "slow motion coup" to destabilise the Labour Party and remove Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. The Respect Party "voluntarily deregistered" from the Electoral Commission on 18 August 2016. Galloway advocates greater spending on welfare benefits, and some nationalisation of large industries. He is not though in favour of command economies; he believes some enterprises, such as restaurants, are better run privately. Galloway supports Respect's pro-choice stance on abortion. He has been an advocate for the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chávez and, in his Fidel Castro Handbook, for the former Cuban leader. Galloway has long supported devolution for Scotland, but opposes Scottish independence. In the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum, held on 18 September 2014, Galloway was dismissive of the official Better Together campaign because it also involved Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, and he believed its leader, Alistair Darling, to be ineffective. "My case isn’t that Scotland couldn’t be independent, but shouldn’t. I don’t believe the country would become impoverished like a Burundi or Bangladesh. That’s the main point that distances me from the depressing lash-up that is the blue-rinsed Better Together", The Sunday Times quoted him as saying.
    Reportedly, the owed payment amounts to £100,000, although Galloway disputed this in February 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after its foundation in 2012, Galloway became a presenter with the Al Mayadeen television station which reportedly has connections with Iran and the Assad government in Syria. In November 2013, Galloway and his wife Gayatri began to present Sputnik for the Russian RT network. He is a regular contributor to RT's other programming. In an overview of the broadcasting organisations Galloway works for, Tom Rogan in the National Review in April 2014 described him as being "a Western puppet for tyranny’s propagandists". In the register of members' financial interests published at the end of January 2015, Galloway disclosed that he had earned £293,450 from his television broadcasting in the previous year and had received almost £70,000 in travelling expenses and hotel stays.
    At a rally at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 19 February 2016, Galloway endorsed the Grassroots Out campaign which advocates the "Leave" option in the referendum.
    More Details Hide Details He was introduced by Nigel Farage as a "special guest" who is "without doubt one of the greatest orators in this country, he is a towering figure on the left of British politics". Labour MP Kate Hoey, who is involved with Grassroots Out, defended Galloway's participation. "George ended up getting a hugely favourable response to what he said", she told The Sunday Times.
    On 13 February 2016, Galloway interviewed the UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Sputnik, the show he presents for the Russian RT network. "We're both, as it happens, on the same page, at least on this one", Galloway concluded in reference to their mutual support for the proposal for Britain to leave the European Union in the EU membership referendum.
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    In February 2016, Galloway was reported as asserting that Assad would win a general election in Syria.
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    In January 2016, Galloway in the Belfast High Court won leave to sue in the UK the American internet search engine company Google, which owns the internet video posting site YouTube.
    More Details Hide Details Material was posted on YouTube by Willie Frazer, who described Galloway as a supporter of terrorist beheadings. Frazer is also being sued. The action is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe.
    Many years later, in a 2016 New Internationalist interview, he speculated that an incident of sexual abuse from a Colonel, which he suffered when he was 12, has led to a "lifelong fear of being gay and this led me into ostentatious, rapacious heterosexual promiscuity".
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    In the 2016 EU membership referendum, he backed the Grassroots Out campaign which advocated a "Leave" vote.
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    During the general election campaign, Galloway announced that if he lost Bradford West, he would stand in the election for London Mayor in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway was accused of making "cutting personal attacks" about Labour's Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan. However, Khan was elected as Mayor, while Galloway came seventh, on 1.4% of the vote.
  • 2015
    Following a later debate in the Commons regarding the bombing of Syria in December 2015 to defeat ISIL, when he was no longer in parliament, he criticised the "flag waving and cheers for the shrill vulgar trumpet of war", adding, "the Benn–Cameron War has just taken Britain more deeply into a quickly developing inter-continental crisis."
    More Details Hide Details Galloway said that: "Russia's objective Syria is to defeat the terrorists. The United States and Britain's main objective, I would argue, is to get rid of President Assad". In his view, the United States and its allies will only consider the anti-ISIL campaign in Syria a success if Bashar al-Assad leaves power in the process.
    Corbyn told Paul Waugh in December 2015 that Galloway's potential readmission to the party is a decision which is not within his powers.
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    Corbyn himself said in July 2015 during an interview with New Statesman editor Jason Cowley that he was disgusted at Galloway's treatment of Naz Shah during the general election a few months earlier.
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    Ken Livingstone, in November 2015, called for Galloway to be allowed back into the party if "he's prepared to abide by our rules".
    More Details Hide Details Writing for The Guardian later in the month, Dave Hill commented that Corbyn's position as Labour leader would be weakened if Khan failed to defeat Goldsmith, but Galloway was doing "all in his power to damage Khan’s chances". At a public meeting Hill attended, Galloway asserted that "Sadiq Khan supports Jeremy Corbyn like the rope supports the hanging man". Apart from Livingstone, other Labour politicians, such as Jess Phillips and Dawn Butler have been strongly opposed to Galloway's re-admission. Butler, then chair of the women's Parliamentary Labour Party, wrote in November 2015 that there would be "almighty revolt" if this occurred because of Galloway's "ugly track record in opposing Labour women". She had asked Corbyn about this issue who told her that he does not want Galloway to be readmitted. Phillips told Helen Pidd shortly afterwards: "I initially said I would leave" the Labour Party if Galloway returned. "However, that’s not what I would do. I'd fight until he’s gone. He’s just a vicious, vile, self-important misogynist".
    During the successful leadership campaign of Jeremy Corbyn in July 2015, Galloway said he would become a Labour Party member "pretty damn quick" if Corbyn was elected as Labour leader.
    More Details Hide Details The two men are long-standing allies. Less than a week after Corbyn became leader, a Labour spokeswoman told The Times: "George Galloway has not applied to rejoin the Labour party and he will not be receiving an invitation." By late September, Galloway was calling on the party to "rescind my unjust expulsion".
    Dave Hill, writing for The Guardian in November 2015, accused Galloway of making "cutting personal attacks" about the Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who Galloway believes inadequately practices the faith. Robert Colville in an early January 2016 article for The Spectator wrote that the Respect Party now "barely exists" at all and commented that "Galloway’s mayoral campaign is, thus far, equally underpowered.
    More Details Hide Details His crowdfunding site has raised £3,140 of its £100,000 target." In the final result, Galloway came seventh with 37,007 (1.4%) first preference votes. After second preference were accounted for, Sadiq Khan became London mayor.
    During his unsuccessful 2015 general election campaign to retain Bradford West, Galloway announced that he would stand in the election for London Mayor in 2016 if he lost his seat, an intention he confirmed with a formal announcement, via his Twitter account, on 28 May.
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    Around 19 May 2015, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) passed allegations of the misappropriation of public funds by Galloway to the Metropolitan Police after a complaint from Aisha Ali Khan.
    More Details Hide Details Ali Khan served as Galloway's parliamentary assistant for 6 months in 2012. According to her account, and her litigation solicitor's analysis of documents, she spent 75% of her time working on non-parliamentary activities for Galloway, including the purchase of his underwear, preparations for his wedding, and assisting the Viva Palestina charity. A complaint to the IPSA from the former Conservative MP Louise Mensch, which supports Ali Khan's case against Galloway, forms part of the same investigation. Galloway has said the accusations are false, a "pack of lies", and has complained of a "New York-Tel Aviv axis of evil" working against him as Mensch now lives in New York and Ali Khan's solicitors have an office in Israel.
    During a husting meeting in Galloway's Bradford West constituency on 8 April during the 2015 general election heated exchanges occurred between Galloway and the Labour candidate, Naz Shah.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway accused her of lying about her forced marriage which had been the subject of an open letter written by Shah and released to the media after her selection as a candidate. He said of Shah: You have only a passing acquaintance with the truth. You claimed – and gullible journalists believed you – that you were subject to a forced marriage at the age of 15. But you were not 15, you were 16 and a half. I have your nikah marriage certificate in my pocket. Shah rejected his claim: "What has my nikah got to do with Bradford West? What have your four marriages got to do with Bradford West?" Shah alleged at the event that Galloway's representative in Pakistan impersonated her deceased father in order to acquire the nikah. Ron McKay, Galloway's spokesman, has asserted that there was no dishonesty in gaining access to the document via an intermediary in Pakistan. Labour supplied media outlets with a copy of Shah's nikah which confirms that she was 15 at the time of her forced marriage. By her own account, Shah was raped during the marriage, but in an email to Helen Pidd, The Guardians Northern Editor, McKay disputed whether it had been a forced marriage at all. Labour has accused Galloway of breaking election law by making false claims about Shah, while both have reported the other to the Director of Public Prosecutions over the affair.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway's appearance on this edition of the programme was the subject of much media coverage at the time. Part of the debate focused on antisemitism and Galloway strongly objected to the insinuation that he is an antisemite. Five days later, Hadley Freeman, a columnist for The Guardian, tweeted: "Galloway has said and done things that cross the line from anti-Israel to antisemitic". Galloway warned Freeman of a suit for defamation if her tweet were not deleted, but reverted to his earlier posture after she did so. Some Twitter account holders who had re-tweeted Freeman's comment were then sent a letter from Chambers Solicitors acting for Galloway asking for an apology and £5,000 plus Value Added Tax (then levied at 20%) to cover costs incurred by the letter and were threatened with potential litigation if the recipients did not pay the money into a HSBC bank account. The Solicitors Regulation Authority, which looks into professional malpractice were aware of the issue by early March 2015.
  • 2014
    On 11 December 2014, Masterson was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the attack.
    More Details Hide Details He was released from prison on 9 September 2015, but soon returned to jail for a month after breaking a restraining order forbidding him from contacting Galloway. Masterson was also fined for harassment. Author Biography
    Also on 13 October 2014, Galloway abstained from a vote in the House of Commons formally recognising Palestine because the motion included the recognition of Israel as well.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement released on the Respect website, he advocated a one-state solution.
    In October 2014 it emerged that Galloway would not be prosecuted for his comments on the grounds of "insufficient evidence", although West Yorkshire Police had "recorded this matter as a hate incident."
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    On 2 August 2014, during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Galloway delivered a speech at a public meeting in Leeds.
    More Details Hide Details He said: We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone. We don't want any Israeli goods, we don't want any Israeli services, we don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college, we don't even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so. We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same." David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East who has come into conflict with his party because of his opinions concerning Israel and the Palestinians, said that while "Israel-free zone" was a "nice sound bite", any such boycott would have to be implemented at the national level. However, Ward added that "It is quite dangerous talk, because the danger is of course that anybody from a Jewish background – because people will not necessarily differentiate – is then subject to abuse and anti-Semitic acts."
  • 2013
    Following the Ghouta chemical attack on 21 August 2013, Galloway speculated on his Press TV show that the responsibility for the atrocity lay with al-Qaeda and the rebels in Syria who had been provided with the weapons by Israel.
    More Details Hide Details During his speech in the House of Commons debate about the crisis in Syria on 29 August, Galloway was asked about this broadcast by the Conservative MP Matthew Offord. In response, he asserted that he had "said no such thing", and was accused of lying. In a House of Commons debate on 26 September 2014 he opposed military action by western powers against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgency group, which he called a "death cult." To deal with ISIL, he advocated military action from the other regional powers: "Saudi Arabia has 700 war planes – get them to bomb. Turkey is a Nato member – get Turkey to bomb", and the Kurds. Galloway has supported Russian intervention against ISIL, saying that "As Stalingrad and Kursk turned the tide of WW2 so today Russia begins the end of the new fascism of Daesh", and has claimed that "the US wasn't trying" to defeat ISIL.
    For this, see Support for the Iranian government above.) In February 2013, he voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
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    On 20 February 2013, Galloway walked out of a publicised debate when he found out that his opponent had Israeli citizenship.
    More Details Hide Details The debate, hosted by Christ Church, a constituent college of Oxford University, was on the topic "Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank." His opponent in the debate was Eylon Aslan-Levy. While Levy was speaking, Galloway interrupted him, asking "Are you an Israeli?" When Aslan-Levy, a third-year PPE student at Brasenose College acknowledged this (he is of joint British-Israeli nationality), Galloway stood up and stated "I don't recognize Israel and I don't debate with Israelis" and left the meeting. Explaining his actions on his Facebook page, Galloway wrote: The reason is simple: no recognition, no normalisation. Just boycott, divestment and sanctions, until the apartheid state is defeated. I never debate with Israelis nor speak to their media. If they want to speak about Palestine – the address is the PLO. Aslan-Levy was quoted in Cherwell as saying: "I am appalled that an MP would storm out of a debate with me for no reason other than my heritage. To refuse to talk to someone just because of their nationality is pure racism, and totally unacceptable for a member of parliament." Aslan-Levy later told the Daily Mail that "Galloway clearly had a problem not because I am Israeli – I'm sure he would have talked to an Israeli Arab, he didn't want to talk to me because I am an Israeli Jew." Julian Huppert, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, stated: "It is pretty pathetic that George Galloway walked out of the debate when he found out that another speaker was Israeli."
  • 2012
    Galloway was criticised for comments he made in August 2012 on the legal case involving Wikileaks' Julian Assange in a podcast released on YouTube.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway stated that "I think that Julian Assange's personal sexual behaviour is something sordid, disgusting, and I condemn it." Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over the sexual assault of two women, an accusation he rejects. Galloway continued by stating: "But even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 per cent true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don't constitute rape, at least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it." He also stated that "not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion." He continued by saying that the allegations, even if true, "don't constitute rape" because initiating sex with someone who is asleep after a sexual encounter the previous night is not rape. Galloway said that Assange's alleged actions amounted to no more than "bad sexual etiquette", and he did not believe the women's story anyway.
    In March 2012, he married his fourth wife, Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, in an Islamic ceremony in Amsterdam. followed by ceremonies in Sumatra and, in September 2012, at the House of Commons.
    More Details Hide Details Gayatri (born c. 1984) is an anthropologist, born in the Netherlands of Indonesian descent, who works as a consultant for a Dutch research firm. Their son, Toren Mustaqim, was born in July 2014. He stated at a March 2012 rally "We stand for justice and haqq" and "A Muslim is somebody who is not afraid of earthly power but who fears only the Judgment Day. I’m ready for that, I’m working for that and it's the only thing I fear." According to Jemima Khan, writing for the New Statesman in April 2012, Galloway became a Muslim around 2000, but had not advertised this fact. Galloway denied that the ceremony had taken place: "I have never attended any such ceremony in Kilburn, Karachi or Kathmandu. It is simply and categorically untrue." He said his religious beliefs are a "personal matter". Later, the New Statesman pointed to inconsistencies in Galloway's rejection of the claims Jemima Khan had made.
    After the resignation of sitting Labour MP Marsha Singh due to ill health, Galloway returned to Parliament at the March 2012 Bradford West by-election in an unexpected landslide result, with Galloway calling it "the most sensational victory in British political history."
    More Details Hide Details His 36% swing, defeating the Labour candidate Imran Hussain, was among the largest in modern British political history. Jeremy Corbyn, then a backbench Labour MP, congratulated him in a tweet. Andrew Gilligan noted in The Daily Telegraph that Galloway had won in wards with a predominantly white electorate as well as those with a majority Muslim population, while Tim Congdon thought it was an explicit vote against Labour. Nick Robinson. the BBC's Political Editor, believed it was "a one-off political coup by a political one-off" in a seat which has not followed national trends in the past. Galloway described the result as a "Bradford spring" (after the Arab Spring) and said that it showed the "total rejection" by voters of the three leading political parties, whom he had termed "the three cheeks of the same backside". In his opinion, Respect is "real Labour". Seumas Milne in The Guardian observed that Galloway had "used a charismatic radical left populism to mobilise alienated voters at the sharp end of austerity", while Nick Cohen in The Observer thought Galloway's use of the "Bradford spring" epithet showed a "contemptible willingness to exploit the suffering of others for the purposes of self-aggrandisement". The novelist Howard Jacobson in The Independent wrote that Galloway's "campaign shamelessly courted Muslim prejudice in smaller matters such as alcohol – where Galloway painted himself as more Muslim than the Muslim Labour candidate whom he accused of liking, shock horror, a tipple."
  • 2011
    In an interview with the Hizbullah run Al-Manar TV, which aired on 26 July 2011 (as translated by MEMRI), Galloway accused Israel of being responsible for the assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri, stating that "Israel was the only country with any interest and any benefit to gain from the assassination of the martyr Rafiq Al-Hariri.
    More Details Hide Details They are the ones who had the capability to do so, they are the ones who had the motive for doing so, and they are the ones who had the criminal record for doing so. How many hundreds of people has Israel killed in Lebanon? Assassination squads of people landing on the beach, and people planting bombs of one kind or another... Several months earlier in a speech given in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in November 2010, Galloway stated: "I believe, and I don't know anybody who is objective in this matter who does not believe, that Hezbollah are absolutely innocent of this crime, and it is time that the tribunal looked to the people who benefited from this crime in Israel." On 3 February 2006, Galloway was refused entry into Egypt at Cairo Airport and was detained "on grounds of national security," where he had been invited to 'give evidence' at a 'mock trial' of Bush and Blair. After being detained overnight, he said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "apologised on behalf of the Egyptian people," and he was allowed to enter the country. Galloway later commented that he considered the issue resolved.
  • 2010
    In August 2010, Galloway interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the channel.
    More Details Hide Details According to Martin Fletcher in The Times, the (then) President of Iran, gave "mendacious answers" which "went unchallenged by his obsequious interlocutor". Galloway told Ahmadinejad: "I have police protection in London from the Iranian opposition because of my support for your election campaign" in 2009. "I mention this so you know where I'm coming from."
    On 8 January 2010, Galloway and his colleague Ron McKay were deported from Egypt immediately following their entry from Gaza.
    More Details Hide Details They had been attempting to help take about 200 aid trucks into the Gaza Strip. They were driven by the police to the airport and put on a plane to London. The Foreign Ministry of Egypt released a statement reading: "George Galloway is considered persona non grata and will not be allowed to enter into Egypt again". Shortly after his deportation Galloway said, "It is a badge of honour to be deported by a dictatorship" and "I've been thrown out of better joints than that." Viva Palestina was registered as a charity in April 2009 but, following its continued non-submission of accounts, ceased to be recognised as a charitable organisation in November 2013. It was taken over by the Charity Commission in October 2014 who appointed an accountant to oversee the group because of the concerns over its financial management. Galloway has worked for the Iranian state-run satellite television channel, Press TV since 2008. Galloway said in a speech at the London School of Economics in March 2011: “Because I don’t believe that the government of Iran is a dictatorship I have no problem about working for Press TV in London which is a British owned television station." (See Presenter for RT and Press TV, among others below.)
  • 2009
    On 20 March 2009, Galloway was advised by the Canada Border Services Agency he was deemed inadmissible to Canada on "security grounds" owing to his involvement in the Viva Palestina aid convoy to the Gaza Strip following the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict.
    More Details Hide Details The Gaza Strip is governed by Hamas, which is on Canada's list of terrorist organisations, while the assessment of Galloway resulted from his personal donation of £25,000 to Hamas made ten days earlier. The Canadians ruled (and maintained on appeal) that this constituted explicit support for Hamas, although Galloway argued it was not the case as the money was intended to be used for aid purposes.
    Galloway was committed to a lecture tour of North America in March 2009, and was due to speak on war prevention and Gaza for a United Church congregation in Toronto, as well as for events in Mississauga, Ottawa and Montreal.
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    Abu-Zayyad was granted a divorce from Galloway in February 2009, after an estrangement of several years, on the grounds of "unreasonable behaviour"; her petition was not contested.
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    On 8 April 2009, Galloway joined Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic to launch Viva Palestina US.
    More Details Hide Details A third Viva Palestina convoy began travelling at the end of 2009.
    On 10 March 2009, Galloway announced at a press conference in Gaza City attended by several senior Hamas officials: "We are giving you now 100 vehicles and all of their contents, and we make no apology for what I am about to say.
    More Details Hide Details We are giving them to the elected government of Palestine", adding that he would personally donate three cars and £25,000 to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The 5,000-mile route passed through Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. The convoy arrived in Gaza on 9 March, accompanied by approximately 180 extra trucks of aid donated by Libya's Gaddafi Foundation.
  • 2008
    Galloway expressed support for the Syrian presence in Lebanon five months before it ended, telling the Daily Star of Lebanon in August 2008: "Syrian troops in Lebanon maintain stability and protect the country from Israel."
    More Details Hide Details In the same article he expressed his opposition to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559, which urged the Lebanese Government to establish control over all its territory. When Syria did withdraw from Lebanon, Galloway objected and said the neighbouring states presence had been entirely "legal"; Christopher Hitchens, citing the Taif Accords of 1989, disputed his comment.
    During the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Cast Lead, Galloway commented in his speech at an event in Trafalgar Square on 3 January 2009: "Today, the Palestinian people in Gaza are the new Warsaw Ghetto, and those who are murdering them are the equivalent of those who murdered the Jews in Warsaw in 1943."
    More Details Hide Details Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian thought "the effect of repeating, again and again, that Israel is a Nazi state" was, potentially, an incitement to attack Jews because the comparison with Nazis as "the embodiment of evil" implies that "the only appropriate response is hate." Sigrid Rausing in the New Statesman wrote: "The claim of moral equivalence is dangerous, not because it exaggerates the horror of Gaza (the reality of that bombardment was probably worse than we can really imagine), but because it minimises the horror of the Holocaust."
    Galloway headed the post-split Respect (London-wide) top-up list for the London Assembly election, 2008 but was not selected.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 May 2011, in the Scottish Parliament general election, 2011, the Respect Party, on whose list Galloway was standing in the Glasgow electoral region, received 6,972 votes (3.3%), failing to achieve any seats in the Holyrood Parliament. In an interview with the American radio host Alex Jones in September 2005, he said: "This is the thing about Zionism. It has nothing to do with Jewishness. Some of the biggest Zionists in the world are not Jews. These people have used Jewish people. They created the conditions in the Arab countries and in some European countries to stampede Jewish people out of the countries that they had been living in for many hundreds of years and stampede them into the Zionist state." During an interview for Al-Jazeera television on 17 November 2005 he said his election as MP earlier in the year was "despite all the efforts made by the British government, the Zionist movement and the newspapers and news media which are controlled by Zionism." In Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England, Anthony Julius cites this interview as one example of Galloway pandering to the antisemitic prejudices of his audience. According to Julius, Galloway merely refers to the "right wing press" in the British media, whereas he has the habit of adding the word "Zionist" when speaking on television in the Arab world. A few years later, in a May 2009 speech given at a meeting in Westminster Galloway said: "I do not agree with the argument that there is a shadowy Jewish influence.
    Galloway stood for election as a Respect Party candidate in the London Assembly election, 2008, but was not selected.
    More Details Hide Details After unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Poplar and Limehouse in the 2010 General Election, where he came third, with 17.5% of the vote, he stood as a Respect candidate for Glasgow electoral region in the Scottish Parliament general election, 2011, but failed to win the seat, receiving 6,972 votes (3.3%). He returned to Westminster at the Bradford West by-election in 2012. He was defeated at the 2015 general election, after a campaign in which he was accused of making false statements about the Labour candidate, Naz Shah, and was reported to the police for allegedly breaking election law.
  • 2007
    Galloway married Rima Husseini, his former researcher, in a Muslim ceremony in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details With his third wife, who is originally from Lebanon, Galloway had two sons: Zein and Faris.
    Galloway said he had planned to stand down from Parliament at the next election, but was prompted to stand in the neighbouring east London constituency as he felt he was unfairly suspended from Parliament in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2010 general election Galloway was defeated, coming third after the Labour and Conservative candidates. He received 8,160 votes.
    On 10 August 2007, Galloway confirmed that he would stand in newly created constituency of Poplar and Limehouse where the Labour Party had a notional majority of 3,942.
    More Details Hide Details The Labour candidate was the current Poplar and Canning Town MP Jim Fitzpatrick.
    Galloway's suspension was not intended to be immediate, and he was given the opportunity to defend himself in front of the committee members in the House of Commons on 23 July 2007.
    More Details Hide Details During the debate, Galloway repeatedly called into question the motives of the members of the Select Committee, in particular claiming that some of them were members of a political organisation named "Indict" and were persecuting him for speaking out against the Iraq War. Speaker Michael Martin warned Galloway that his accusations were not relevant to the matter at hand, but he rejected the warning and responded by saying that Martin would have to order him out of the house if he had any issue with the accusations. Martin therefore named Galloway, leading to the attending members voting to trigger his suspension from Parliament that day rather than wait until after the summer recess as had been recommended.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details In January 2006, Galloway appeared on the fourth series of the reality show for nearly three weeks. During his time on the programme he mimed licking milk, while pretending to be a cat, from the cupped hands of another housemate, actress Rula Lenska. Galloway faced a claim from Hilary Armstrong, then Labour's Chief Whip, that he should "respect his constituents, not his ego." Just after his eviction, Galloway told presenter Davina McCall he was positive about having taken part, although when asked if he was "glad" to have participated, he said: "Not after I've seen those press cuttings." Galloway wrote in a column for The Independent newspaper in November 2012: "My antics on Big Brother were actually the same stunts that BBC presenters and celebs get up for Children in Need", "raised tens of thousands of pounds for the" Interpal charity and paid for an "extra caseworker in my constituency."
  • 2006
    At a 22 July 2006 demonstration (and later in a Socialist Worker op-ed), Galloway stated that "Hizbollah has never been a terrorist organisation".
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Galloway received a Palestinian passport from Hamas leader Ismail Haniya. Hamas is designated as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the European Union, and the US.
    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.
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  • 2005
    His participation rate continued to remain low following the 2005 election, and at the end of that year he had participated in only 15% of Divisions in the new parliament, placing him 634th of 645 MPs.
    More Details Hide Details Of the eleven MPs below him in the rankings, one was the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, five were Sinn Féin members who have an abstentionist policy toward taking their seats, three were the speaker and deputy speakers and therefore ineligible to vote, and two had died since the election. Galloway claims a record of unusual activity at a "grass roots" level. His own estimate is that he made 1,100 public speeches between September 2001 and May 2005. In September 2009, he still had one of the lowest voting participation records in parliament at 8.4% as a total of 93 votes out of a possible 1,113 divisions. "In the British Parliament you cannot register an abstention", Galloway told Christopher Sylvester in 2012. "The only two propositions generally on offer are the Prime Minister’s motion and the Leader of the Opposition’s amendment. In the last Parliament I seldom wished to vote for either, but that does not mean I was not in Parliament. In fact, I was there more than almost anyone else because my constituency was right next door."
    Galloway condemned the terrorist incidents of 7 July 2005 in the Commons "as a despicable act".
    More Details Hide Details Galloway told Piers Morgan that if he knew about a plan to assassinate Blair: "I would the police, because such an operation would be counterproductive because it would just generate a new wave of anti-Muslim, anti-Arab sentiment." "I'm opposed to a great many things Tony Blair has done", including "Blair's war in Iraq", wrote The Independent on Sundays Joan Smith in May 2006, "but I can think of few more disgusting claims than Galloway's proposition that there could ever be a justification for blowing an elected politician to bits." Galloway has maintained his opinion of the Iraq war. In March 2013 he wrote that "a huge right-wing conspiracy was mounted 10 years ago to manufacture a case to wage aggressive war" against Iraq. On 22 April 2003, the Daily Telegraph published news articles and comment describing documents found by its reporter David Blair in the ruins of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. The documents purported to be records of meetings between Galloway and Iraqi intelligence agents, and they stated that he had received £375,000 per year from the proceeds of the Oil-for-Food Programme. Galloway completely denied the story, and pointed to the nature of the discovery within an unguarded, bombed-out building as being questionable. He instigated legal action against the newspaper, which was heard in the High Court on 14 November 2004.
    On 17 May 2005, the committee held a hearing concerning specific allegations (of which Galloway was one part) relating to improprieties surrounding the Oil-for-Food programme.
    More Details Hide Details Attending Galloway's oral testimony and enquiring of him were two of the thirteen committee members: the chair (Coleman) and the ranking Democrat (Carl Levin). On arriving in the US, he told Reuters, "I have no expectation of justice from a group of Christian fundamentalist and Zionist activists." Galloway described Coleman as a "pro-war, neocon hawk and the lickspittle of George W. Bush," who, he said, sought vengeance against anyone who did not support the war in Iraq. In his testimony, Galloway made the following statements in response to the allegations against him: Senator, I am not now, nor have I ever been, an oil trader — and neither has anyone on my behalf. I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one — and neither has anyone on my behalf. Now I know that standards have slipped in the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice. I am here today but last week you already found me guilty. You traduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question, without ever having contacted me, without ever having written to me or telephoned me, without any attempt to contact me whatsoever, and you call that justice.
    In a 17 May 2005 hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Galloway stated that he had had many meetings with Aziz, and characterised their relationship as friendly.
    More Details Hide Details In all, he has admitted to more than 10 meetings with Aziz.
    Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations' Oil for Food Program.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway supports the Palestinian side of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, taking an anti-Zionist stance, and was involved in the Viva Palestina aid convoys. Galloway was described by Tom Happold of The Guardian in 2005 as being "renowned for his colourful rhetoric and combative debating style." The Spectator awarded him Debater of the Year in 2001.
  • 2004
    After the 2004 European Parliamentary election results became known, in which Galloway stood in London, but failed to gain a seat, he announced that he would stand in East London at the next general election.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 December, he confirmed that he was aiming to be nominated as the Respect candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow. The ensuing electoral campaign in the seat proved to be a difficult one with heated exchanges between Galloway, Oona King (the sitting Labour member for Bethnal Green and Bow), and their respective supporters. At the hustings Galloway said the Labour government had been pursuing a "war on Muslims" while King said her stance against Saddam Hussein had been "principled". Galloway received death threats from an offshoot of al-Muhajiroun (a banned extreme Islamist group). On 19 April, about 30 men forced Galloway's meeting with a tenants’ association to be abandoned after claiming he was a "false prophet" for encouraging Muslims to vote. Galloway was held by the group for about 20 minutes before the police arrived at the scene. All the major candidates united in condemning the threats and violence. Both the Labour and Respect candidates were given police protection.
    In January 2004, it emerged that Galloway would be working with the Socialist Workers Party in England and Wales, and others, under the name Respect – The Unity Coalition, generally referred to simply as Respect.
    More Details Hide Details In the opinion of Nick Cohen of The Observer it was an "alliance... between the Trotskyist far left and the Islamic far right." Or, as Christopher Hitchens, expressed it, "The servants of the one god finally meet the votaries of the one-party state."
    In January 2004, a further set of allegations were made in Al-Mada, a newspaper in Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details The newspaper claimed to have found documents in the Iraqi national oil corporation showing that Galloway received (through an intermediary) some of the profits arising from the sale of 19.5 million barrels (3,100,000 m³) of oil. Galloway acknowledged that money had been paid into the Mariam Appeal by Iraqi businessmen who had profited from the UN-run programme, but denied benefiting personally, and maintained that, in any case, there was nothing illicit about this: It is hard to see what is dishonourable, let alone "illicit", about Arab nationalist businessmen donating some of the profits they made from legitimate UN-controlled business with Iraq to anti-sanctions campaigns, as opposed to, say, keeping their profits for themselves. In May 2005, a US Senate committee report accused Galloway along with former French minister Charles Pasqua of receiving the right to buy oil under the UN's oil-for-food scheme. The report was issued by the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Norm Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota. The report cited further documents from the Iraqi oil ministry and interviews with Iraqi officials.
    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.
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  • 2003
    Galloway wrote in an article for The Guardian at the end of October 2003 that he would soon be part of a coalition consisting of the "red, green, anti-war, Muslim and other social constituencies radicalised by the war."
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    After he had been expelled from the Labour Party, Galloway speculated at the end of October 2003: "If I were to resign the constituency and there was a by-election, I can’t guarantee that I would win, but I would guarantee that Tony Blair’s candidate would surely lose."
    More Details Hide Details Galloway finally announced in December that he would not force a by-election and did not intend to contest the next general election in Glasgow. Galloway's Glasgow Kelvin seat was to be split between three neighbouring constituencies for the next general election. In one of these, the new Glasgow Central constituency, Mohammad Sarwar, the first Muslim Labour MP, wanted to be selected as the candidate. Galloway chose not to challenge him, announcing this decision at the end of May 2004 in his Mail on Sunday column.
    The Christian Science Monitor also published a story on 25 April 2003, stating that they had documentary evidence that he had received "more than ten million dollars" from the Iraqi government. However, on 20 June 2003, the Monitor reported that their own investigation had concluded that the documents were sophisticated forgeries, and apologised.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway rejected the newspaper's apology, asserted that the affair was a conspiracy against him, and continued a libel claim against the paper. The Christian Science Monitor settled the claim, paying him an undisclosed sum in damages, on 19 March 2004. It emerged that these documents had first been offered to the Daily Telegraph, but they had rejected them. The documents' origin remains unknown.
    It emerged some years later that Galloway had appealed in a letter dated 24 April 2003 to Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, to stop the investigation into the Mariam Appeal. "It received no money from Iraq", Galloway falsely asserted in the letter.
    More Details Hide Details A further Charity Commission Report published on 7 June 2007 found that the Appeal had received funds from Fawaz Zureikat that originated from the Oil For Food programme, and concluded that: "Although Mr Galloway, Mr Halford and Mr Al-Mukhtar have confirmed that they were unaware of the source of Mr Zureikat’s donations, the Commission has concluded that the charity trustees should have made further enquiries when accepting such large single and cumulative donations to satisfy themselves as to their origin and legitimacy. The Commission's conclusion is that the charity trustees did not properly discharge their duty of care as trustees to the Appeal in respect of these donations... The Commission is also concerned, having considered the totality of the evidence before it, that Mr Galloway may also have known of the connection between the Appeal and the Programme." Galloway responded: "I've always disputed the Commission's retrospective view that a campaign to win a change in national and international policy – a political campaign – was, in fact, a charity."
    The fund received scrutiny during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, after a complaint that Galloway used some donated money to pay for his travel expenses.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway said that the expenses were incurred in his capacity as the Appeal's chairman. Although the Mariam Appeal was never a registered charity and never intended to be such, it was investigated by the Charity Commission. The report of this year-long inquiry, published in June 2004, found that the Mariam Appeal was doing charitable work (and so ought to have registered with them), but did not substantiate allegations that any funds had been misused.
    Writing for The Observer in April 2003, David Aaronovitch speculated that Galloway changed his opinion of Saddam Hussein under "the belief that my enemy's enemy is my friend.
    More Details Hide Details Or, in the context of the modern world, any anti-American will do. When Iraq stopped being a friend of the West it became a friend of George's." In January 1994, Galloway faced some of his strongest criticism on his return from a Middle-Eastern visit during which he had met Saddam Hussein. At his meeting with the Iraqi leader, he reported the support given to Saddam by the people of the Gaza Strip which he had just visited: "I can honestly tell you that there was not a single person to whom I told I was coming to Iraq and hoping to meet with yourself who did not wish me to convey their heartfelt, fraternal greetings and support." He ended his speech with the statement "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability." Galloway has asserted that he was saluting the Iraqi people rather than Saddam Hussein in the speech, which was translated for the Iraqi leader.
    On 6 May 2003, David Triesman, then General Secretary of the Labour Party, suspended Galloway from holding office in the party pending a hearing on charges that he had violated the party's constitution by "bringing the Labour Party into disrepute through behaviour that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the Party."
    More Details Hide Details Speaking on BBC Radio, Galloway said he stood by every word of the Abu Dhabi interview. The National Constitutional Committee, responsible for internal disciplinary matters, held a hearing on 22 October 2003, to consider the charges, taking evidence from Galloway himself, from other party witnesses, viewing media interviews, and hearing character testimony from former Cabinet Minister Tony Benn, among others. The following day, the committee decided in favour of four of the five charges accusing Galloway of "bringing the party into disrepute," and expelled Galloway from the Labour Party. A claim that, in a speech, he had congratulated a successful anti-war candidate from the Socialist Alliance in Preston was rejected. According to Ian McCartney, then Labour Party chairman, Galloway was the only Labour MP who "incited foreign forces to rise up against British troops" in the Iraq War. Galloway said after the NCC had decided on his expulsion: "This was a politically motivated kangaroo court whose verdict had been written in advance in the best tradition of political show trials." Galloway claimed at the time that other MPs who had opposed the war, such as Bob Marshall Andrews and Glenda Jackson, would be expelled in due course, but no other MP was expelled from the Labour Party for their statements about the Iraq war.
    Just over a month later, Galloway said in a 28 March 2003 interview with Abu Dhabi TV that Tony Blair and George W. Bush had "lied to the British Air Force and Navy, when they said the battle of Iraq would be very quick and easy.
    More Details Hide Details They attacked Iraq like wolves," and added that "the best thing British troops can do is to refuse to obey illegal orders." This incitement for "British troops to defy orders" was later among the formal reasons for his expulsion from the Labour Party. He called the Labour Government "Tony Blair's lie machine." On 18 April 2003, The Sun published an interview with Tony Blair who said: "His comments were disgraceful and wrong. The National Executive will deal with it." At this time, Labour MP Tam Dalyell commented in Galloway's defence: "I think he is a deeply serious, committed politician and a man of great sincerity about the causes he takes up."
    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".
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  • 2002
    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."
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  • 2001
    Galloway became the Vice-President of the Stop the War Coalition in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Actively involved, he often delivered speeches from StWC platforms at anti-war demonstrations.
    One of several politicians arrested in February 2001 during a protest at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland, Galloway was convicted of a breach of the peace in July 2002 and fined £180.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway opposed the 1991 Gulf War and was critical of the effect that the subsequent sanctions had on the people of Iraq. In his book I'm Not the Only One (2004), Galloway expresses the opinion that Kuwait is "clearly a part of the greater Iraqi whole, stolen from the motherland by perfidious Albion", although Christopher Hitchens pointed out that the state existed long before Iraq had a name. The massacre of Kurds and Shias just after the 1991 Gulf war, according to Galloway was "a civil war that involved massive violence on both sides".
    During the 2001–2 session, he was the 9th most rebellious Labour MP.
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    During the 2001 Parliament, he voted against the Whip 27 times.
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    He was unchallenged for the nomination for the 2001 election.
    More Details Hide Details Galloway was elected with majorities of 16,643 and 12,014 respectively.
  • 2000
    In an article by Ewen MacAskill published by The Guardian in March 2000 about a visit by Galloway to Iraq and the Middle East, the politician describes himself as a supporter of the Iraqi people and the Ba'ath Party, but not Saddam Hussein himself.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2002, Galloway returned to Iraq and met Saddam Hussein for a second and final time. According to Galloway, the intention of the trip was to persuade Saddam to re-admit Hans Blix, and the United Nations weapons inspectors into the country. His interview with Saddam was published in The Mail on Sunday. It was on this occasion that Galloway was offered Quality Street confectionery by Saddam. Giving evidence in his libel case against the Daily Telegraph newspaper in 2004, Galloway testified that he regarded Saddam as a "bestial dictator" and would have welcomed his removal from power, but not by means of a military attack on Iraq. Galloway also pointed out that he was a prominent critic of Saddam Hussein's government in the 1980s, as well as of the role of Margaret Thatcher's government in supporting arms sales to Iraq during the Iran–Iraq war. In his memoir, I'm Not the Only One first published in 2004, Galloway wrote that "just as Stalin industrialised the Soviet Union, so on a different scale Saddam plotted Iraq's own Great Leap Forward." He continued: "He managed to keep his country together until 1991. Indeed, he is likely to have been the leader in history who came closest to creating a truly Iraqi national identity, and he developed Iraq and the living, health, social and education standards of his own people."
  • 1997
    Although facing a challenge for the Labour nomination as the candidate for Glasgow Kelvin at the 1997 general election, Galloway defeated Shiona Waldron.
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  • 1996
    According to a memorandum dated 2 January 1996, the Pakistan government proposed to 'covertly sponsor' the publication, with money allocated to 'the Secret Fund of the High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK as a special grant for the project'."
    More Details Hide Details The Commons Committee cleared Galloway of any wrongdoing in this matter. Galloway began presenting a programme titled The Real Deal on 21 May 2007. Originally on Raj TV, a satellite channel primarily aimed at the British Asian community, the show was resurrected, following a short break, on 10 February 2008 by Press TV, a London-based news channel controlled by the government of Iran. In August 2009, the British telecommunications regulator Ofcom criticised Galloway for breaching their broadcasting code by "breaking impartiality rules" in several of his Press TV programmes on the war in Gaza in which Israeli opinion failed to be "'adequately represented'". After Press TV lost its Ofcom licence in 2012, according to Galloway, the Iranian broadcaster owed him £40,000, leading to his company Miranda Media being compulsively liquidated in 2013 because of unpaid tax.
  • 1994
    In 1994, he married his second wife Dr. Amineh Abu-Zayyad, a biologist of Palestinian origin, in an Islamic ceremony; a civil ceremony followed around 2000, after his divorce from Fyffe in 1999.
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    In 1994, after Smith's death, Galloway declined to cast a vote in the leadership election (one of only three MPs to do so).
    More Details Hide Details In a debate with the Leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond, Galloway responded to one of Salmond's jibes against the Labour Party by declaring "I don't give a fuck what Tony Blair thinks."
  • 1992
    The Labour Party leadership election in 1992 saw Galloway voting for the eventual winners, John Smith for Leader and Margaret Beckett as Deputy Leader.
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  • 1989
    Galloway gained re-selection when challenged by Trish Godman (wife of fellow MP Norman Godman) in June 1989, but failed to get a majority of the electoral college on the first ballot.
    More Details Hide Details This was the worst result for any sitting Labour MP who was reselected, but in the final vote, Galloway gained 62% in total. In his acceptance speech, Galloway assured his party there would be a "summer of peace and reconciliation", but this did not happen. Many members of the party who had supported Godman reportedly refused to work for Galloway in the next election, including Johann Lamont, many years later leader of the Scottish Labour Party. The following August, 13 of the 26 members of the Constituency Party's Executive Committee resigned. Lamont was one of those who resigned. According to her, Galloway "has done nothing to build bridges with the members of the executive of the constituency labour party who opposed his selection." She told a journalist from The Guardian: "The quarrel we have is all about accountability, and democracy... working in harmony, rather than any personal matters."
  • 1988
    In February 1988 the Executive Committee of his Constituency Labour Party passed a vote of no confidence in him by 15-to-8.
    More Details Hide Details The constituency's general management committee voted 54-to-44 in favour of the motion a fortnight later on 22 February, although just 3 of the 25 members in the trade union section supported it. According to Tam Dalyell in 2003, the new member "was the only one MP that I can recollect making speeches about human rights in Iraq" in the House of Commons.
  • 1987
    At a press gathering for War on Want in September 1987, when Galloway had stood down as General Secretary to the organisation, a journalist asked him about his personal arrangements during the previous year's War on Want conference on the Greek island of Mykonos.
    More Details Hide Details The new MP replied: "I travelled and spent lots of time with people in Greece, many of whom were women, some of whom were known carnally to me. I actually had sexual intercourse with some of the people in Greece." By then separated from his first wife, Galloway made front page headlines in the tabloid press at the time.
    In the 1987 general election, Galloway was elected the MP for Glasgow Hillhead in a Labour Party gain from the Social Democratic Party defeating Roy Jenkins with a majority of 3,251.
    More Details Hide Details Although known for his left-wing views, Galloway was never a member of the Campaign Group (the name was changed to the Socialist Campaign Group some years after Galloway first became an MP). In a 2002 Guardian interview, Galloway said he had supported the Soviet Union and asserted that its end was "the biggest catastrophe of my life". Galloway told Robert Chalmers of The Independent on Sunday in June 2012: "I am not a pacifist. I am a revolutionary. I am a Socialist who doesn't like Capitalism and who likes Imperialism less. I am a revolutionary and I support the armed struggle where there is no alternative."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After becoming the youngest ever chairman of the Scottish Labour Party in 1981, he became General Secretary of the London-based charity War on Want in 1983, remaining in the post until he was elected as a Labour MP for Glasgow Hillhead at the 1987 general election. From 1997, Galloway represented its successor constituency Glasgow Kelvin, and remained as the MP for the seat until the 2005 general election. In October 2003, Galloway was expelled from Labour, having been found guilty by the party's national constitutional committee of four of the five charges of bringing the party into disrepute. Although a number of Labour MPs opposed the Iraq War, Galloway was the only one to be expelled from the party for his statements concerning the conflict. He was also accused in 2003 of calling on Arabs to fight British troops — a claim he has denied.
  • 1986
    On 28 October 1986, the Daily Mirror, in a front-page story by Alastair Campbell, claimed Galloway had spent £20,000 in expenses and had been "enjoying a life of luxury."
    More Details Hide Details An internal investigation, and later, an independent auditor, both cleared him of the accusation of any misuse of funds, although he did repay £1,720 in contested expenses. The official history of War on Want comments about Galloway that "even though the problems were not all of his own making, his way of dealing with them heightened tensions".
  • 1985
    In this post he travelled widely, and wrote eye-witness accounts of the famine in Eritrea in 1985 which were published in The Sunday Times and The Spectator.
    More Details Hide Details His deputy at the charity, Simon Stocker, recalled: "If you went into a fight with George, you knew you would never walk out with a win."
  • 1983
    During polling day, it emerged that Galloway had been reported to the police by the acting returning officer in Bradford West for publishing, via a retweet, an exit poll in the constituency, an illegal action under the Representation of the People Act, 1983.
    More Details Hide Details A properly reported exit poll inaccurately suggested Galloway had retained the seat. Galloway, however, was defeated in this election. Naz Shah gained a majority over him of 11,420 votes, reversing the 10,000 majority he had gained at the byelection. Galloway commented in his speech, as the defeated second candidate, that he did not resent Labour supporters' "moment of celebration", continuing by saying that "there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating.... I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign." On 10 May, it emerged that Galloway intended to mount a legal challenge to the result claiming to have uncovered postal voting fraud. According to The Guardian, a Labour Party spokesman described Galloway's response as "pathetic and without any foundation". The three-week window in which Galloway could petition against the result expired on 29 May without a legal challenge being made.
    From November 1983 to 1987, Galloway was the General Secretary of War on Want, a British charity campaigning against poverty worldwide.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He hoped to be selected in the newly created seat of Dunfermline East where no incumbent was standing. Galloway failed to be selected in either seat, with Rhondda selecting Allan Rogers and Dunfermline East selecting future Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Standing as a candidate for a place on the Labour Party National Executive Committee in 1986, in a large field of 18 candidates, Galloway finished in sixteenth place.
  • 1981
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Believing that a deficiency in political theory was being filled by the entryist infiltration of the party by the Trotskyists (such as the Militant group), Galloway thought the problem was better resolved by Communist thinking from members of the CPGB. (He was later opposed to the expulsion of members of Militant.) In response, Denis Healey, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, tried and failed to remove Galloway from the list of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates. Healey lost his motion by 13 votes to 5. Galloway once quipped that, to overcome a £1.5 million deficit which had arisen in Dundee's city budget, he, Ernie Ross, and leading Councillors should be placed in the stocks in the city square: "we would allow people to throw buckets of water over us at 20p a time."
  • 1980
    He supported Dundee City Council when it flew the Palestinian flag inside the City Chambers, and was involved in the twinning of Dundee with the Palestinian West Bank town of Nablus in 1980. "Unbelievably controversial, and I did it without preparing people properly for the storm", he recalled more than 30 years later.
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  • 1979
    Galloway has been married four times. From 1979 to 1999, he was married to Elaine Fyffe, with whom he has a daughter, Lucy (born 1983), who herself has four children. The couple separated in 1987, and divorced in 1999.
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  • 1977
    After a trip to Beirut, Lebanon during 1977, he became a passionate supporter of Palestine, stating during his libel case against the Daily Telegraph in 2004 that "barely a week after my return I made a pledge, in the Tavern Bar in Dundee's Hawkhill District, to devote the rest of my life to the Palestinian and Arab cause."
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    Galloway became the secretary organiser of Dundee Labour Party in 1977 and was the youngest ever chairman (a post held for a year) of the Scottish Labour Party in March 1981, at 26 years old, after holding the vice-chairman post over the previous year.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was defeated by the Independent candidate Bunty Turley, who stood on a "moral ticket". A local controversy at the time was Galloway's allocation, with his girlfriend Elaine Fyffe (later his first wife), of a three-bedroom council flat (soon rejected by the couple), which may have influenced the result.
  • 1975
    Galloway became Vice-Chairman of the Labour Party in the City of Dundee and a member of the Scottish Executive Committee in 1975.
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  • 1954
    Galloway was born on 16 August 1954 in Dundee; the eldest of three, he has a younger brother and sister, Graham and Colette.
    More Details Hide Details His teetotal parents were George Galloway senior, a Scottish trade unionist, and Sheila (née Reilly) who is of Irish descent. Initially raised in Lochee, Dundee, he has described himself as "born in an attic in a slum tenement in the Irish quarter of Dundee, which is known as Tipperary." His father began as an electrician, before becoming an electro-mechanical engineer at NCR. After being laid off, he retrained as a teacher. His mother was a cleaner, and then a factory worker. According to Galloway, his father was patriotic, while his mother had Irish republican sympathies, and was critical of British pretensions in the world. Galloway took his mother's side in arguments. David Morley, Galloway's biographer, however, writes that people who knew both father and son have said that they shared similar Marxist opinions, common in the local Labour movement of the time.
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