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Galloway speech cancellation call

A council is facing calls to cancel an "irresponsible" speaking engagement for Yorkshire MP George Galloway amid heightened tensions over the Gaza conflict.

Bradford West MP George Galloway Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The local authority in Belfast has been asked by one of its members to review the booking at the publicly-owned Ulster Hall, where the Bradford West MP is due to speak on August 23.

West Yorkshire Police are investigating his recent comments urging people in Bradford to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics and tourists.

Democratic Unionist (DUP) councillor Brian Kingston said: "George Galloway goes far beyond calling for a boycott. He is rejecting and demonising an entire country and its people, describing it as illegal, barbarous and savage.

"We have grave concerns about the council providing a venue for this speaker at this time of heightened tension and believe it would be irresponsible to do."