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Galloway plans to object to PMQs move

George Galloway will try and block Government plans to cancel Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions session to allow MPs to attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

The Respect MP said he will call "object" when the motion to delay the start of parliamentary business until 2:30pm is brought before the Commons tomorrow night.

Ministers hoped the motion, tabled by the Leader of the House Andrew Lansley, would go through "on the nod".

Bradford West MP George Galloway will object to the delaying of parliamentary business. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Mr Galloway said he will take advantage of Commons rules which mean if one MP shouts "object" the motion will either have to be withdrawn - allowing PMQs to go ahead as normal - or the Government will have set aside parliamentary time on Tuesday so that it can be debated and then voted on.

"It really is imperative that the Prime Minister is questioned, among other things, about his decision to impose a quite unnecessary and expensive early return of Parliament which was simply a hideous outpouring of right-wing eulogies and rants doused in crocodile tears," he wrote on his website.

"I'm glad to see that, like me, more than a hundred Labour MPs stayed away from the circus".

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George Galloway misses 87% of Commons votes

George Galloway Credit: PA

MP George Galloway has missed 87% of all Commons votes during his first year as a Bradford MP and spoken in just seven debates.

Data compiled on website show Mr Galloway has taken part in just 13% of the votes over the past year. Most MPs average between 70 and 80%.

He has spoken in just seven debates - the average for MPs being around 30.

Mr Galloway, a member of the Respect party, has declared the figures "fundamentally flawed" as they present only a partial picture of what an MP does. His office said he has tabled dozens of motions, written letters to Ministers and dealt with a large amount of constituency work from his office.


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The Respect MP George Galloway has paid tribute to Hugo Chavez, calling him a "modern day Spartacus" and a "champion of the poor":

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Respect MP for Bradford West, Geoge Galloway, has taken to Twitter to deny that he was the Caped Crusader who handed in a man to police in the northern city:

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Respect parliamentary candidate criticises Galloway

The Respect candidate in the upcoming Manchester Central by-election, Kate Hudson has echoed the criticism from her leader about George Galloway's controversial comments on rape:

Respect leader: Galloway's comments are 'disappointing and wrong'

The Respect party leader, Salma Yaqoob, has condemned the comments by its MP George Galloway over rape as "disappointing and wrong."

In a statement on her website she has said:

Let me be clear, as a politician and as a woman. Rape occurs when a woman has not consented to sex.

George Galloway’s comments on what constitutes rape are deeply disappointing and wrong.

There are many political issues entwined in the case of Julian Assange.

These issues cannot be used to diminish in any way the seriousness of any allegations against him.

Any individual accused of a crime, sexual or otherwise, is innocent until proven guilty.

By the same token, any individual who believes themselves to be a victim has a right to have their grievances heard in a fair manner and not have their allegations belittled or dismissed.

This is the cornerstone of justice.

This turn of events may well act to undermine Assange's defence against those powerful forces keen to make an example of him for exposing the crimes of Empire.

It has certainly taken the debate around violence against women a step backwards.

– Salma Yaqoob, Respect Party leader

Galloway defends Assange case claim

Respect MP George Galloway has defended his controversial claim that a rape allegation against WikiLeaks campaigner Julian Assange amounted to no more than bad "sexual etiquette".

No never means yes and non-consensual sex is rape. There's no doubt about it and that has always been my position. But if my remarks on the podcast need clarification I am happy to do that.

Julian Assange, let's be clear, has always denied the allegations. And this has all the hallmarks of a set-up.

I don't believe, from what we know, that the Director of Public Prosecutions would sanction a prosecution in Britain. What occurred is not rape as most people understand it. And it's important to note that the two women involved did not initially claim it.

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