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The row over claims that Bradford West MP George Galloway may stand for Mayor of London in two years time has taken a new twist today. All five Respect councillors at Bradford Council have resigned the whip in protest at the party's suspension of two of their members. David Hirst reports.
A councillor from Bradford, suspended from the Respect party, says he is demanding a full retraction of comments made against him and five others.
Councillor Mohammad Shabbir was suspended alongside another of the city's Respect councillors over comments he allegedly made about about George Galloway considering running for Mayor of London.
Now he says he and the city's four other Respect Councillors have quit the party.
A Bradford councillor, suspended by the Respect Party over comments he allegedly made about about George Galloway considering running for Mayor of London, says he and the city's four other Respect councillors have stepped down from the party.
Two Respect party councillors from Bradford are facing disciplinary action over claims that they've been disloyal to the party.
The Respect Party, led by George Galloway who was elected as an MP in the city last year in a landslide victory are questioning the councillors loyalty to the party on a national level.
It comes amid speculation that Mr Galloway himself may be considering putting himself forward as a future Mayor of London when the post comes up for re-election in three years time.