George Galloway

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George Galloway

George Galloway (August 16, 1954, Dundee) is a far-left, Euroskeptic and anti-war Scottish politician. He was expelled from the British Labour party in October 2003 for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute. The party charged that Galloway incited Iraqis to fight British troops and also incited British troops to defy the orders of their officers. The party's National Constitutional Committee was unanimous in its guilty verdict.[1]

Galloway was the first to call attention to the abduction of American journalist Gonzalo Lira by the Ukrainian gestapo in April 2022 when Lira failed to appear for a scheduled broadcast on Galloway's YouTube channel. Lira was murdered in prison by Ukrainian dictator Volodymyr Zelensky in December 2023.

In March 2024, Galloway followed in the footsteps of the notorious pedophile Cyril Smith by becoming the Member of Parliament for Rochdale.

Despite Galloway's generally extreme-left stances, he has criticised liberal agendas such as political correctness on numerous occasions, for which he has been the recipient of abuse from some on the left.[2]


Galloway first entered politics aged 26 in his home town, where he ordered the PLO flag to be flown over the town hall and withdraw the city's civic hospitality to visiting NATO warships. The political editor of one major British newspaper has gone on record as saying: "Galloway is a silver-tongued bully who has always been surrounded by a cloud of suspicion over his shifty activities,his manipulation of other people’s cash and his readiness to punch anyone he could not sue...A congenital liar, his favourite defence trick was total denial. If that failed, he would claim he had been misquoted."[3]

In a 1994 speech he addressed Saddam Hussein as "Your Excellency, Mr President," and went on to state: "Sir, allow me to salute your courage, your strength and your indefatigability" and "hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-Quds" (Arabic for "until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem"). In his defense he claimed he had been misquoted - although TV footage showed that he hadn't. He was also caught on video meeting with Uday Hussein, Saddam's eldest son, calling him "Excellency"[4]

Viciously anti-Israel, he has boasted that he sometimes dreamed he was part of an army wading ashore waving a Kalashnikov and driving the Jewish nation into the sea. When this was reported, he claimed he had been misquoted.

Though Galloway's supporter's claim that he is an "anti-war" politician, he was a supporter of Saddam Hussein's 1991 attack on Kuwait, as well as describing terrorists in post-Saddam Iraq as "freedom fighters."

Galloway has stated "I am on the anti-imperialist left... and I think the disappearance of the Soviet Union is the biggest catastrophe of my life. If there was a Soviet Union today, we would not be having this conversation about plunging into a new war in the Middle East, and the US would not be rampaging around the globe."[5]

In a 2006 interview, he said that the assassination of British Prime Minister Tony Blair by suicide bomber would be "morally justified... [and] entirely logical and explicable."[6]


Allegations of treason have been leveled at Galloway

On June 10, 2007 Galloway was the victim of an attack by 6 men at Glasgow Airport. He said afterwards: "It was a terrifying experience and quite disgraceful for these people to behave like this. There was one guy I would describe as a ringleader who said, 'I don't like your radio talk, I don't like your newspaper talk, I have a religious duty to knock you down'."[7]

On July 18, 2007, the Daily Mail reported that Galloway could face a fresh police inquiry into his financial links to Saddam Hussein's regime. His response was "They should be striking a medal for me. But these are the people who just a couple of weeks ago were giving a tear- stained standing ovation to a man - Tony Blair - who most of the world believes to be a war criminal." [8]

At the 2010 election, constituency boundaries were redrawn to abolish Bethnal Green and Bow. Galloway stood in one of the new constituencies in London, but was not re-elected.

Return to parliament

On 29 March 2012, Galloway stood in a by-election in Bradford West (traditionally a solidly Labour constituency, with a high percentage of Muslim voters), again representing the Respect Party (although the party is so small that he was effectively an independent candidate). To general surprise, he was elected,[9] having campaigned on an anti-war, pro-Muslim ticket and capitalised very effectively on widespread disenchantment with the mainstream parties.

Galloway's election, though bad news for all main parties, is seen as a catastrophe for Labour: opposition parties generally do well at by-elections, especially during recessions, and Bradford is a working-class area that would traditionally be a reasonably safe Labour seat. In particular, it served to weaken the already unsteady position of the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

The Bradford West seat was re-taken by the Labour Party in the 2015 general election.

Media career

George Galloway

Galloway, between 2013 and 2022, presented the show "Sputnik" on the RT (Russia Today) television channel.[10] Galloway hosts The Mother of All Talk Shows (MOATS) on YouTube.

Member of Parliament for Rochdale

The 2024 Rochdale by-election took place on 29 February 2024, following the death of Rochdale's MP Sir Tony Lloyd the month prior.

George Galloway won the contest with almost 40% of the vote, with the independent David Tully finishing a distant second with only 21%. Much of Galloway's support came from courting the large Muslim community there with his pro-Palestine views. In early March 2024, Galloway was officially sworn in as Member of Parliament for Rochdale,[11] a position held in the past by pedophile Cyril Smith, who represented the seat from 1972 to 1992.



Galloway has described himself as being "opposed to abortion in most cases".[12]

US politics

On 7 March 2024, Galloway stated that "a doolally and a doofus are vying to become president", in relation to Joe Biden and Donald Trump.[13]

Personal life

Galloway married Elaine Fyffe in 1979, separating in 1987 and divorcing in 1999. In an Islamic non-legally binding ceremony, Galloway married Palestinian biologist Amineh Abu-Zayyad in 1994, with the couple being legally married in 2000, divorcing in 2009. In another non-legally binding Islamic ceremony, Galloway married Rima Husseini in 2005. Galloway married Dutch-Indonesian anthropologist Putri Gayatri Pertiwi in 2012, with Pertiwi being 27 at the time and Galloway being 57.[14]

Galloway has 6 children. Daughter Lucy (b. 1982) with Fyffe, sons Zein (b. 2007) and Faris (b. 2011) with Husseini, and son Toren Mustaqim (b. 2014) and daughters Orlá Dhien (b. 2017) and Òban Amaria (b. 2020) Pertiwi.


  1. "Labour statement on Galloway" BBC News October 23, 2003
  2. Woke wars: George Galloway under fire after standing up for ‘gingerbread men’
  3. Kavanagh, Trevor "Paid to be a traitor" The Sun (2006)
  4. "Video Shows British MP Met With Hussein's Son" Fox News January 25, 2006
  5. Hattenstone, Simon, "Saddam and me" The Guardian September 16, 2002
  6. Hitchens, Christopher "Furious George: Galloway preapproves the murder of the British prime minister" Slate May 30, 2006
  7. "Galloway tells of mob attack" The Scotsman June 11, 2007
  8. Galloway faces new police inquiry into Saddam cash
  9. BBC News
  11. Heralded by Houthis and Comparing Israel War to Holocaust, ‘Gaza George’ Sworn into UK Parliament
  12. Ireland’s business. I am personally opposed to abortion in most cases.
  13. It’s a sad commentary on the state of the American political system that ...

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