George Galloway

British politician George Galloway

George Galloway is a Scottish politician, author, journalist and broadcaster who was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1987 to 2010. He was formerly an MP for the Labour Party, first for Glasgow Hillhead and later for Glasgow Kelvin, before his expulsion from the party in October 2003, the same year that he came to public attention for his opposition to the Iraq War. He subsequently became a founding member of the left-wing Respect Party.
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George Galloway crashes out of Commons in general election defeat
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 3 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 4 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" wh...
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George Galloway in bitter spat with Ed Miliband - The Guardian
Google News - almost 5 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 taxTelegraph.co.uk Politics.co.uk -Huffington Post UK -Express.co.uk all 8 news articles »
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Ed Miliband should be PM, says George Galloway - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - almost 5 years
BBC News Ed Miliband should be PM, says George Galloway Telegraph.co.uk 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 - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - almost 5 years
Mirror.co.uk Margaret Thatcher dead: George Galloway's 'Tramp the dirt down' jibe Mirror.co.uk 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 Telegraph.co.uk -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 5 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 5 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 Huffi...
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George Galloway in anti-Israel storm (Tom Beardsworth/Cherwell.org)
Memeorandum - almost 5 years
Tom Beardsworth / Cherwell.org: 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 5 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 – behin...
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Labour party members protest against 'outside' candidate in Rotherham
Guardian (UK) - over 5 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 selec...
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British lawmaker criticized for joining reality TV show
Fox News - over 5 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 5 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 stv.tv -The Independent all 14 news articles »
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Qur'an-Burning Pastor Held Up At Border
Huffington Post - over 5 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 a...
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George Galloway refuses to apologise to constituents over rape comments - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 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 rowTelegraph.co.uk 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 5 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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    FORTIES
  • 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.
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    Following much criticised comments by Livingstone in late April 2016 concerning Adolf Hitler and Zionism, Galloway supported Livingstone's argument.
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    Reportedly, the owed payment amounts to £100,000, although Galloway disputed this in February 2016.
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    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.
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    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.
    In February 2016, Galloway was reported as asserting that Assad would win a general election in Syria.
    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.
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    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".
    In the 2016 EU membership referendum, he backed the Grassroots Out campaign which advocated a "Leave" vote.
    During the general election campaign, Galloway announced that if he lost Bradford West, he would stand in the election for London Mayor in 2016.
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  • 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."
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    Corbyn told Paul Waugh in December 2015 that Galloway's potential readmission to the party is a decision which is not within his powers.
    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.
    Ken Livingstone, in November 2015, called for Galloway to be allowed back into the party if "he's prepared to abide by our rules".
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2014
    On 11 December 2014, Masterson was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the attack.
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    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.
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    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."
    On 2 August 2014, during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Galloway delivered a speech at a public meeting in Leeds.
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  • 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.
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    For this, see Support for the Iranian government above.) In February 2013, he voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
    On 20 February 2013, Galloway walked out of a publicised debate when he found out that his opponent had Israeli citizenship.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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."
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  • 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.
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  • 2010
    In August 2010, Galloway interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the channel.
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    On 8 January 2010, Galloway and his colleague Ron McKay were deported from Egypt immediately following their entry from Gaza.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 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.
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    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.
    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.
    On 8 April 2009, Galloway joined Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic to launch Viva Palestina US.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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."
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    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."
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    Galloway headed the post-split Respect (London-wide) top-up list for the London Assembly election, 2008 but was not selected.
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    Galloway stood for election as a Respect Party candidate in the London Assembly election, 2008, but was not selected.
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  • 2007
    Galloway married Rima Husseini, his former researcher, in a Muslim ceremony in 2007.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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."
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  • 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".
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    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.
  • 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.
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    Galloway condemned the terrorist incidents of 7 July 2005 in the Commons "as a despicable act".
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    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.
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    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.
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    Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations' Oil for Food Program.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    In January 2004, a further set of allegations were made in Al-Mada, a newspaper in Iraq.
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    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.
  • 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."
    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."
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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."
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    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.
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    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".
  • 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."
  • 2001
    Galloway became the Vice-President of the Stop the War Coalition in 2001.
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    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.
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    During the 2001–2 session, he was the 9th most rebellious Labour MP.
    During the 2001 Parliament, he voted against the Whip 27 times.
    He was unchallenged for the nomination for the 2001 election.
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  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Although facing a challenge for the Labour nomination as the candidate for Glasgow Kelvin at the 1997 general election, Galloway defeated Shiona Waldron.
  • 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'."
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  • 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.
    In 1994, after Smith's death, Galloway declined to cast a vote in the leadership election (one of only three MPs to do so).
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  • 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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  • 1988
    In February 1988 the Executive Committee of his Constituency Labour Party passed a vote of no confidence in him by 15-to-8.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    From November 1983 to 1987, Galloway was the General Secretary of War on Want, a British charity campaigning against poverty worldwide.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
    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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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