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Former MP George Galloway is starting a legal challenge against his defeat in last week's general election.
Mr Galloway won the Bradford West seat for his Respect party in a by-election in 2012 but he was defeated by Labour's Naz Shah who secured a majority of more than 11,000.
The result followed a bitter battle between Mr Galloway and Ms Shah - especially relating to Ms Shah's family background.
In a statement Mr Galloway said: "It has come to my notice that there has been widespread malpractice in this election, particularly over postal voting.
"We are in the process of compiling the information which will form part of our petition to have the result set aside."
We've begun legal proceedings seeking to have result of the Bfd West election set aside. I cannot therefor discuss my own election for now.
Mr Galloway said he had added more information to his complaints under the Representation of the People Act concerning allegedly "false statements made with the intention of affecting the result of an election".
A Labour spokesman said: "This is pathetic and without any foundation.
"George Galloway should accept he was booted out by the people of Bradford West. They saw through his divisive politics and made a positive choice, by a majority of well over 11,000, to elect a brilliant new MP, Naz Shah."
The leader of the Respect party, George Galloway MP, has said he is ready to join the Green Party in a legal challenge over next year's leader TV debates.
Both parties have been denied the opportunity to send a leader to the debates.
I am ready to join Caroline Lucas MP in a legal challenge against our exclusion from the leaders debates in the forthcoming general election
The millions of people who under the control of the "imaginary army" of Islamic State (IS) are "quiescent" in their conditions, George Galloway has told the House of Commons.
The Respect MP was branded a "total disgrace" after telling fellow MPs:
Isil [IS] itself is an imaginary army and a former defence secretary no less said we must bomb their bases. They don't have any bases.
They don't concentrate as an army, they don't live in bases and the only way a force of that size could successfully hold the territory they hold is if they have a population which is acting as the water in which they are swimming.
And that population is quiescent because of Western policies and Western invasion and occupation - that's the truth of the matter.
Saying that instead of airstrikes efforts should be made to strengthen ground troops in the area already fighting IS, Mr Galloway said: "The last people who should be returning to the scene of their former crimes are Britain, France and the United States of America."
A police investigation has been launched after a death threat aimed at controversial MP George Galloway was sent to the Houses of Parliament.
Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command following the receipt of the letter yesterday.
According to a source, the letter included a threat that the Respect Party MP would "die from a deadly virus".
Scotland Yard tonight said the letter intended for a member of the House of Commons and was being treated as "malicious communications".
Controversial Respect MP George Galloway was badly bruised after he was attacked in the street tonight, his spokesman said.
Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in Notting Hill, west London, when the incident happened.
The spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.
"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.
"George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in a pretty bad shape."
Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of ABH and taken to the south London police station where he remains.
The motivation for the attack is unclear but Mr Galloway caused recent offence when he announced Bradford was an "Israeli-free area".
Respect MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police after making a speech in which he announced Bradford was an "Israel-free zone".
The left-wing MP stated in the speech that Israelis were not welcome in the city where he has a constituency.
West Yorkshire Police said it would investigate after footage of the speech, made in Leeds, circulated online.
He has now been interviewed voluntarily and the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether any charges should follow.
Police have launched an investigation after Respect MP George Galloway declared Bradford an "Israel free zone" during a speech.
The speech caused outcry on social media after being posted online. Mr Galloway was filmed saying:
We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone. We don't want any Israeli goods. We don't want any Israeli services. We don't want any Israeli academics coming to the university or college. We don't even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so. We reject this illegal, barbarous, savage state that calls itself Israel. And you have to do the same.
West Yorkshire Police said it was investigating his comments, which relate to the city where Mr Galloway has a constituency.
A force spokesman said: "We have received two separate complaints about comments attributed to George Galloway MP during a speech he gave at a public meeting in Leeds on August 2. We are currently investigating the complaints."
Respect MP George Galloway has told the House of Commons that issue of determining if the Assad regime was responsible for any chemical weapons attacks is based on the idea: "not that they are bad enough to do it, everyone knows they're bad enough to do it but is he mad enough to do it."
Mr Galloway went on: "To launch a chemical weapons attack in Damascus on the very day that a United Nations chemical weapons inspection team arrives in Damascus must be a new definition of madness.
"And of course if he is that mad, how mad is he going to be once we've launched a blizzard of tomahawk missiles upon his country?"
MPs will debate later today whether Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions session should be cancelled so members of the Commons can attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral
George Galloway and Labour veteran Dennis Skinner objected to a motion that would have allowed the chamber's sitting times to be altered.
The pair's cry of "object" means the proposed change will now be voted on after a debate lasting up to three hours.
Mr Galloway described Lady Thatcher as "a wicked and divisive woman" who did "great damage to a society she said didn't exist".
Mr Galloway said, "People think the canonisation of Lady Thatcher has gone on long enough. The muffling of the chimes of Big Ben is a step too far and now Mr Cameron will miss Prime Minister's Questions for four weeks. It is unconscionable".