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George Galloway has 'no memory' of meeting IS Brit

George Galloway says he has no memory of meeting Alexe Kotey. Credit: PA

London mayoral candidate George Galloway has claimed he has no memory of meeting an IS recruiter thought to have campaigned alongside him for a pro-Palestinian group.

Alexe Kotey is believed to have travelled to Gaza in February 2009 on an aid convoy organised by the 'Viva Palestina' group, led by the former MP.

The campaign group claimed the convoy took more than £1 million in aid to the region, including ambulances, medicine and food.

Mr Galloway today told ITV News he does not remember meeting Kotey.

A spokesman said: "There were 500 people on that convoy and George can't ever remember laying eyes on this guy. It's possible he was there but George doesn't remember meeting him."

Kotey helped 'recruit London men to join Islamic State'

A British man identified as an associate of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John", was a key recruiter for the terror group, an anti-terror source has told ITV News.

Alexe Kotey is said to have played a hand in radicalising a string of fellow London men to join the extremist terror group.

Among them was Hamza Parvez, known as Abu Hamza al-Britani, whom ITV News previously revealed left his London home to join Isis.

Kotey also played a role in radicalising brothers Fatlam and Flamur Shakalu.

Fatlam, 20, known as Abu Musa al-Britani, became a suicide bomber who blew himself up last May in Ramadi. Flamur, 23, was also killed fighting in March.

Also part of Kotey's circle of associates were London fighters Mohammed Nasser, killed by shrapnel while fighting for Isis in 2014, and engineering student Mohammed el-Araj, 23, who died in Syria the previous year.


Mosque attended by British terror cell condemns extremism

A west London mosque attended by Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John, and two members of his British terror cell has condemned their actions.

Islamic State militants Aine Davis and Alexe Kotey, named exclusively by ITV News, attended London’s Al-Manaar mosque with Emwazi, where they were marginalised for extremist views.

In a statement, the director of the mosque Saleha Islam stressed that he was "fully committed to ensuring that our children are not groomed and radicalized".

We are aware that certain people have joined ISIS who live in the area of Ladbroke Grove, we have always condemned the actions of these extremists and will continue to do so.

Al Manaar is a centre where we have up to 3000 people attending every week, it is not a membership club and anyone can come and pray. The suggestion that the mosque has radicalized young men shows how ignorant people are of Islam and how mosques work.

We regularly hold workshops and conferences to guide our youth and community and are committed to ensuring that they have access to the real teaching of Islam.

– Saleha Islam, Director AL Manaar Mosque

Community worker: Kotey 'most vocal' in expressing his views

Alexe Kotey has been unmasked as a member of a British terror cell. Credit: ITV News

As ITV News reveals the identity of two British associates of ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John', a community worker has said one of the men Alexe Kotey, was part of a group that used to hold classes at a mosque.

Speaking anonymously, they described Kotey as "certainly the most vocal".

"He would definitely be standing there with, I’d say, a dozen boys all listening to him. He was the speaker. He was the spokesman in that little group", they said.


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Beth Tweddle seriously injured in reality show ski accident

Beth Tweddle was seriously injured in training Credit: Channel 4

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle has been airlifted to hospital, after suffering a serious injury on Channel 4's reality show, The Jump.

The 30-year-old, from Cheshire, perfectly executed a ski jump during training, but crashed into a barrier on landing.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman confirmed that Tweddle had been taken to hospital with a back injury, but declined to comment on reports she would need surgery.

She said: "The health and safety of the competitors is always paramount and Beth was immediately taken to hospital for treatment after hurting herself during training."

The triple world champion is the third star to be injured in the winter sports competition, following the exits of fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington and Holby City actress Tina Hobley.

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