Bradford West MP George Galloway has denied claims that he converted to Islam at a secret ceremony more than a decade ago.
The Respect MP took part in the "shahadah" conversion ceremony, attended by members of the Muslim Association of Great Britain, at a hotel in Kilburn,London, it was reported.
But the MP, who has repeatedly refused to answer questions about his faith,dismissed it as "totally untrue".
His response follows an article written in the New Statesman by Jemima Khan, who herself converted to Islam, which begins "George Galloway, MP for Bradford West, is a Muslim."
Mr Galloway claimed the article was littered with "deliberate falsehoods" and "schoolgirl howlers".
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