George Galloway (born 16 August 1954) is a British politician, writer, and broadcaster, and the Respect Party 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 as a Labour Party MP 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. In October 2003, Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party having been found guilty of four of five charges of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.
He became a founding member of the Respect Party in 2004, and was elected as the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the general election the following year. After unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Poplar and Limehouse in 2010, he returned as a Westminster MP following the Bradford West by-election in March 2012.
In the late 1980s Hansard records him delivering a ferocious assault on the Ba'ath regime, and Galloway opposed Saddam's regime until the United States-led Gulf War in 1991. Galloway visited Iraq in 1994 and delivered a speech to Saddam Hussein which ended in English with the statement "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability." He has always stated that he was addressing the Iraqi people in the speech. Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations' Oil for Food Programme. Galloway is a campaigner supporting the Palestinian side of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, taking an anti-Zionist stance, and has been involved in the Viva Palestina aid convoys.
Galloway has been described as "renowned for his colourful rhetoric and combative debating style". The Spectator awarded him Debater of the Year in 2001.
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