| George Galloway |
|Children||1 daughter and 3 sons|
|Spouse||Putri Gayatri Pertiwi|
|Party||Respect, (2004–present), Labour, (1967–2003)|
Broadcaster and writer George Galloway is the former Labour Party and Respect Party MP who stood as the Respect Party candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election, which was won by Sadiq Khan. He came seventh in the election with 37,007 votes (1.4%).
On 21 March 2017, George Galloway confirmed he would stand in the 2017 Manchester Gorton by-election, saying the “all-Asian shortlist” selected by Labour was the latest in a long line of insults delivered by mainstream parties to local communities:
- "I have decided to enter the race to succeed my friend for thirty years, Sir Gerald Kaufman, as MP for Manchester Gorton. The “All-Asian short-list” hand-picked by Keith Vaz is just not good enough for the people of Gorton one of the most deprived constituencies in Britain. The short-listing, which excluded many better candidates, is the latest in a long line of insults delivered by mainstream parties to local communities. I will run as an Independent candidate and will write a regular by-election diary for Westmonster. This is my initial election statement.
- "I have a long connection with the Manchester area – two of my children live here – and with the Gorton constituency in particular. The late Sir Gerald Kaufman was a friend of mine for over 30 years. Our friendship began before I was an MP, continued throughout my near 30 years with him in Parliament and afterwards. His appearance on my television show was his last big interview and will stand the test of time. Sir Gerald was a big figure in the House of Commons and was known far beyond it from Hollywood to Palestine and Kashmir. When he spoke people listened. I have decided to seek election for Manchester Gorton in the forthcoming by-election precisely because of my admiration for its late MP and I hope to persuade voters of every background that I am the best person to try to fill his shoes."
The Manchester Gorton by-election was cancelled when Theresa May called a snap UK/2017 General Election. On 8 June 2017 Labour's Afzal Khan was elected as MP for Manchester Gorton with a 31,730 majority over the Conservative Shaden Jaradat. George Galloway (Independent) came third with 2,615 votes.
Mayor of London
During his unsuccessful 2015 General Election campaign to retain Bradford West, George Galloway announced that he would stand in the election for the 2016 London mayoral election if he lost his seat, an intention he confirmed with a formal announcement, via his Twitter account, on 28 May.
Galloway commented in mid-June 2015:
- "London has for too long been run in the interests of the 1% working in the city’s glittering towers, whilst the vast majority of Londoners feel that their voices are not heard. I’m running because I want to represent every piece of the mosaic of this city which I have called home for 35 years."
He described housing as his "number one priority" and, according to Camilla Long in The Sunday Times, promises to "beef up the Metropolitan Police Service to the point of being a 'force', not just a 'service'".
On 21 January 2016, BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davis interviewed George Galloway on the results and implications of the report into the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko which had just been published by the Litvinenko Inquiry chairman Sir Robert Owen. Galloway did not accept the report's conclusions that Russia's president Vladimir Putin was "probably" responsible, calling the Inquiry "another Whitehall farce" – the Hutton Inquiry all over again:
- "We've been through Iraq and the murder of Dr David Kelly, the evidence for which is locked up for 70 years. I was at Yasser Arafat's bedside in France when he died of Polonium-210 poisoning."
On 5 September 2009, in a radio interview conducted by telephone, George Galloway MP asked Frank Duggan, president of the US group Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc (VPAF103, Inc) about the credibility of the Lockerbie trial witness Tony Gauci. Duggan stated he believed Gauci to be "an honourable man just trying to do the right thing" despite his evidence being called into question by the SCCRC report. In which case, Galloway asked:
- "Why was Gauci paid several million US dollars for his evidence?"
Duggan retorted: "No he wasn’t, who said that?"
George Galloway asserted it was a matter of public record that Gauci was paid, adding that Duggan seemed "not that familiar with what Gauci said" and "not very well versed on the evidence."
Frank Duggan emphasised that eight Judges had found Abdelbaset al-Megrahi guilty in a court of law (three at the 2000-2001 trial, five at the 2002 appeal). "Now you can choose to believe Robert Black, Dr Jim Swire and all of these other 'cranks' or you can believe the Judges," demonstrating the firm belief Duggan has in Megrahi’s guilt, based on his "in-depth" knowledge of the testimony, and any deviation from that official version is the work of 'cranks'.
One clear difference that shows here is the US relatives' consensus that Megrahi is guilty but - especially the VPAF103, Inc president - are largely unaware of the facts of the evidence and testimony, compared to those who have bothered to look at the evidence, witness testimony, court proceedings and independent research who are convinced of a miscarriage of justice. These 'cranks' include the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Dr Jim Swire, Robert Black QC, Hans Köchler (UN Observer), Edwin Bollier (MEBO), John Ashton, Patrick Haseldine and many, many more.
George Galloway's short interview centered on Tony Gauci’s evidence, which Duggan called "reliable" and "natural," while admitting he didn't know what the man had actually said. The high point was Duggan loudly and repeatedly denying the $2 million reward for Gauci as a rumour with no substance. Frank Duggan then cut short the interview by hanging up on George Galloway.
Suing and being sued
On 27 January 2016, George Galloway was granted leave to sue Google over a "hate speech" broadcast on YouTube in 2014 by Willie Frazer, a loyalist campaigner in Belfast, who suggested the former Respect MP supported "terrorism". In June 2016, Aisha Ali-Khan, a former aide to George Galloway, accepted undisclosed damages from the Respect Party leader over claims that she conspired to run a dirty tricks campaign against him. Her solicitor Mark Lewis told Mr Justice Warby in London's High Court that Ms Ali-Khan had not been feeding disinformation or deceit to national newspapers or acting as a police agent.
- I'm Not the Only One (2004)
- Mr Galloway Goes to Washington (2005)
- Fidel Castro Handbook (2006), MQ Publications. ISBN 1-84072-688-1
- Respect: Documents of the Crisis (2008) with Salma Yaqoob and Alan Thornett
- Open Season: The Neil Lennon Story (2011) Miranda Media
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- "Galloway 4 London"
- "George Galloway to stand in Manchester Gorton by-election"
- "George Galloway enters 'Mother of all by-elections' in Manchester Gorton"
- "General Election 8 June 2017"
- "Galloway: I Will Run For Mayor If MP Bid Fails", Sky News, 23 April 2015
- Adam Withnall "George Galloway 'will run to replace Boris Johnson as London Mayor' if he fails to get re-elected as Bradford West MP", The Independent, 23 April 2015
- Robin de Peyer "George Galloway announces plan to run for London Mayor", London Evening Standard, 28 May 2015
- "George Galloway enters race to become London mayor". The Observer. Press Association. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
- Stone, Jon. "George Galloway launches Mayor of London campaign with pledge to seize empty houses". The Independent. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
- Long, Camilla (22 November 2015). "With friends like these…". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- Claire Armstrong "Bradford Respect MP George Galloway to be father again", Telegraph and Argus 3 January 2014
- Frances Perraudin "RT: Russia Today's six most memorable moments", The Guardian (London), 30 October 2014
- "George Galloway and Alex Goldfarb on Litvinenko Inquiry - BBC Newsnight"
- "George Galloway interviews Frank Duggan"
- "Galloway wins permission to sue Google over terrorist comments"
- "George Galloway to pay out to former aide after he claimed she ran a dirty tricks campaign against him"