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George Galloway takes to the streets to back the Big Sell

George Galloway will be taking to the streets this weekend to sell The Big Issue in the North. The MP for Bradford West is one of a host of politicians, celebrities and business people from across the region who will be selling the magazine alongside regular vendors. It's part of the Big Sell, a scheme to challenge perceptions of homelessness and poverty.

We're delighted that so many people have shown their support to The Big Issue in the North and its vendors by getting involved with the Big Sell. Spending an hour with a vendor will give people a real insight into how it feels to sell The Big Issue in the North. Alongside this we hope it will keep the needs of people selling the magazine in the public eye and boost sales for vendors at a traditionally quiet time of year. Once the hustle and bustle of Christmas settles down and the January sales come to an end our towns and cities become quiet and, for our vendors, can be lonely places. Although the sales and crowds are gone, they are still working hard to earn an income - selling The Big Issue in the North magazine

– Fay Selvan, chair of The Big Issue in the North

Galloway attacker jailed

A man who attacked the Bradford West MP George Galloway, while calling him an "anti-semite" has been jailed for 16 months.

Drug addict Neil Masterson assaulted the Respect MP in a street in London in August.

George Galloway after the assault Credit: Respect Party

Mr Galloway was left with cuts and bruises to his head and ribs.

The court heard the 60 year old politician felt he would have been killed if Masterson, who admitted assault, had been armed with a knife.


Police investigation after Galloway 'death threat'

A police investigation has been launched after a death threat aimed at controversial Bradford West MP George Galloway was sent to the Houses of Parliament.

Police investigation after Galloway 'death threat' Credit: Press Association

Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command following the receipt of the letter on Monday.

According to a source, the letter included a threat that the Respect Party MP would "die from a deadly virus".

Scotland Yard said the letter was being treated as "malicious communications" but the force did not name the MP it was intended for.

"Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Met's Counter Terrorism Command on Monday, September 15 following the receipt of a letter intended for a member of the House of Commons. This letter is being treated as malicious communications. No arrests have been made. Inquries are ongoing."

– A Scotland Yard spokesman

Writing on Twitter, Mr Galloway said he was grateful to police and staff in the post room at Parliament who were "the ones endangered".

On Monday the pro-Palestine MP for Bradford West was speaking at a No campaign rally in Glasgow ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence.

Last month Mr Galloway was badly injured after he was attacked in the street in Notting Hill, west London.

He had earlier been interviewed by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israel-free zone.

Bradford MP attacked in street

Controversial Bradford West MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked in the street.

Bradford West MP George Galloway on his way to hospital last night Credit: Respect Party

The Respect MP, who also suffered a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to his face and head, was posing for pictures with people in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, west London, last night, when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and allegedly attacked him. Police were quickly on the scene and made an arrest.

Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where he remained overnight.

His 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."

Mr Galloway was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israeli-free area.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 1940 hours to Golborne Road, W10, after a man was assaulted in the street.

"Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped. He was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to the south London police station where he remains."

Galloway: Grant those accused of sexual crimes anonymity

Bradford West MP, George Galloway, has called for those accused of sexual crimes to be granted anonymity similar to their victims.

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Speaking on BBC's Question Time programme, Galloway referenced the recent charges against Coronation Street actor, Bill Roache, labelling them as "vastly expensive" and "dangerous".

Galloway eyes return North

Respect MP George Galloway has said he would like to become prime minister of an independent Scotland if his bid to convince Scots to vote "Naw" in the referendum fails.

The Scots-born MP for Bradford West, who was expelled from Tony Blair's Labour Party in 2003, said he would prefer "a real Labour prime minister of the whole of Britain" but said he would "fancy being prime minister of Scotland" if it votes for independence on September 18

Galloway is eyeing a return North Credit: Press Association

Galloway was in Edinburgh for the latest date in his "Just Saw Naw" speaking tour.

His appearance was met by rival protests by the left-wing Radical Independence group, which opposes his pro-union stance, and the right-wing Scottish Defence League, which opposes his links with religious minorities.

Speaking ahead of his appearance, Mr Galloway said: "I would fancy being prime minister of Scotland but I would rather we had a real Labour prime minister of the whole of Britain.

"I want to avoid the break-up of the country which I think will beggar people on both sides of the border, will lead to permanent Tory rule in Westminster and thus the Bank of England which will control the Scottish economy.

"Unleashed will be a race to the bottom with England cutting taxes, regulation, public spending, and Scotland having to follow it.

"So everyone on both sides of the border will be worse off."

Galloway was elected as MP for Bradford West in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Galloway said he believes in "united countries" including a united Ireland, saying he would support Northern Ireland's exit from the UK, in contrast to his bid to stop Scotland from leaving.

"I don't believe in breaking countries up as I think we have too many countries in the world, not too few,"

"The Irish people were denied their right to unity and independence. The Scottish people never have been, and could have voted for independence at any time that they liked in the whole era of universal suffrage of nearly 100 years.

He said he would contemplate becoming an MP of an independent Scottish Parliament in the "hypothetical" event of Yes vote.

He added: "I am confident that the vote will be No, and I just want to make sure that it's a decisive result because otherwise the kind of hatred and division that this campaign is at risk of sowing will be a permanent feature of Scottish politics and public life."


Galloway calls for police investigation into Bradford free school

Bradford West MP George Galloway Credit: Press Association

Respect MP George Galloway has called for a police investigation into the King's Science Academy in Bradford.

The school has been told to pay back over £80,000 of public money which was allegedly misspent following an investigation by the Department for Education.

West Yorkshire Police decided not to pursue the school at the time of the investigation.

Bradford MP calls for urgent action on air quality

The Bradford West MP George Galloway is calling for urgent action to improve air quality in the city after figures revealed it has the fourth-highest number of emergency hospital admissions for people suffering from Asthma.

Campaign group Asthma UK say the city is one of the worst places in the country to be an asthma sufferer because of air pollution.

Mr Galloway is now calling for tough measures on large vehicles, to make sure they're not exceeding emissions limits.

"It's sensible, as the council's Low Emission Strategy recommends, to direct heavy vehicles away from pollution trouble-spots like Manningham Lane. But it doesn't go far enough. We need rigorous spot-checks on HGVs and buses to see if their emissions are below the legal limit. I'm not convinced this is happening and I will be asking questions in parliament about it."

– George Galloway MP, Respect Bradford West

Bradford Spring or Winter of discontent for Respect?

George Galloway hailed his victory in a by election last year as the Bradford Spring. But could it be turning into a winter of discontent for the MP?

Five Bradford city councillors who were members of his Respect Party have resigned from the organisation in a dispute with party officials.

It comes after two of them were suspended in August for criticising Mr Galloway's interest in running for London Mayor.

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