Scottish MP takes courageous stand on Iraq
- The following article, attributed to Robert Barr of the Associated Press,
appeared on page A19 of the Friday, October 24, 2003 edition of the
Arizona Republic. It figures that when the Labour Party elects an MP
who is actually worth something and has some principles, he has to be ousted
from the party.
BRITONS BOOT ROGUE LEGISLATOR
His Opposition To War In Iraq Spurred Labor Party's Action
London--A flamboyant British legislator who had urged British soldiers not to
fight in Iraq was expelled from the governing Labor Party early today, the
George Galloway, who represents a constituency in Glasgow, Scotland, had been
suspended by the party in May.
He will remain a member of Parliament.
In a March 28 interview with Abu Dhabi television, Galloway urged Arab
nations to "stand by the Iraqi people" and said British soldiers should
refuse to fight.
Galloway, a member of Parliament since 1987, has long been a thorn in
the side of Prime Minister Tony Blair's government. He campaigned to end
sanctions imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, founding a
charity to help Iraqi child victims of sanctions.
"Mr. Blair's response to the mistake of the war is to attack those who
stood against the war and root them out of British politics," Galloway
He and other opponents of the war are "not going to go away, Mr. Blair,
inside or outside the Labor Party," Galloway added.
In June, Galloway filed a libel suit against the publishers of the Daily
Telegraph, which claimed he took money from Saddam Hussein's regime. He
strongly denied doing so.