Anti-war Galloway expelled

Rebel Labour MP George Galloway has today been expelled from the party after being found guilty of bringing it into disrepute by his outspoken

opposition to the war in Iraq.

The Glasgow Kelvin MP was suspended in May following an interview with Abu Dhabi TV in which he accused Tony Blair and US President George Bush of invading Iraq "like wolves" and urging British troops not to obey "illegal orders".

Today the party's National Constitutional Committee upheld charges brought against Mr Galloway by Labour's leadership in what he denounced as a "political show trial".

Speaking outside the London hearing, Mr Galloway said the judgment had been "written in advance in the best traditions of political show trials".

He described the process as a "kangaroo court" which was rigged in advance and a "travesty of justice".

He said: "The Labour Party will rue the day they took this step.

"Mr Blair's response to the disaster of the war is to attack those who stood against the war and to root them out of politics.

"I think that's a very serious mistake because we are not going to go away."

The ruling would not prevent him or other critics of military action continuing to speak out, said Mr Galloway, an MP since 1987.

He said he would definitely defend his position in Parliament and would stand as an independent against Labour if he had to.


The Stop The War Coalition, which mounted protests outside the committee meeting in support of Mr Galloway, said the expulsion was an "absolute disgrace".

Geoff Martin, London convenor of Unison, said: "This will drive more people away from the Labour party and will make it more difficult to maintain the link between the party and trade unions."

The five charges faced by Mr Galloway were that:

  • he incited Arabs to attack British troops,

  • he urged British troops to defy orders,

  • he called on people in Plymouth not to support Labour candidates if they backed the war,

  • he congratulated a Socialist Alliance anti-war candidate who defeated Labour in Preston and

  • he threatened to stand against Labour himself.

    He was found guilty of four of the charges.

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