George Galloway is a British politician, broadcaster, and writer best known for being the leader of the Respect Party and a fiery rhetorician with conviction.
Beginning professional life as a general labourer in the parks of Dundee, he went on to become a production worker for Michelin Tyres, becoming an active trade unionist and rising to be a labour organiser in the late 1970s.
After first becoming known in Scottish politics, he became General Secretary of the London-based charity War on Want in 1983, remaining in the post until 1987.
No stranger to controversy from the early days of his career, Mr Galloway flew the Palestinian flag from Dundee’s council offices when he was a local representative there.
George was elected in that year’s general election as a Labour Party MP representing Glasgow Hillhead, and from 1997, he represented its successor constituency Glasgow Kelvin, remaining as the MP for the seat until 2005.
He became a member of the Respect Party in 2004 rising to the ranks of party leader, and was elected as the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the general election the following year.
After unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Poplar and Limehouse in 2010, where he came third with 17.5% of the vote, he was reinstated as a MP following the Bradford West by-election in March 2012, holding onto the role until the 2015 general election.
George is often viewed as a maverick for his passionate and unwavering support of Palestinian and Iraqi causes, as well as his criticism of what he deems “imperialistic tendencies” by the Western establishment – The Spectator awarded him Debater of the Year in 2001.
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- Respect Party Politics
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