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Last Updated: Monday, 11 June 2007, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Probe into Galloway attack claims
George Galloway
George Galloway said the attack was sectarian
Police are investigating allegations that Respect MP George Galloway was kicked and taunted during an unprovoked sectarian attack.

He said the attack occurred after he arrived at Glasgow Airport on Sunday.

The Bethnal Green and Bow MP believed he was targeted by men returning from an Orange Order parade in London for being a known Celtic supporter.

Police confirmed that they were investigating the alleged assault and studying CCTV footage.

Mr Galloway told the Daily Record: "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'."

The Respect MP, who used to Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin, had arrived from London on a British Midland flight to give a talk at the city's Royal Concert Hall.

The group came up behind me and they were straight in with the sectarian insults and threats
George Galloway MP

The MP has a high media profile including an appearance on last year's Celebrity Big Brother, and host of a TalkSport radio phone-in.

Mr Galloway said the "terrifying experience" began on the plane after he was recognised and a group of men began taunting and threatening him.

He added: "I had a feeling of dread. I hurried off the plane and got to the luggage carousel as quickly as possible and prayed my bag would come first but, of course, it didn't.

"The group came up behind me and they were straight in with the sectarian insults and threats.

"I felt one man kick me on one ankle and I was then kicked on the other ankle."

Mr Galloway said that by the time he complained to the police, a separate complaint had been made by a traffic warden about a group of men shouting sectarian slogans outside.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said that an incident at Glasgow Airport was being investigated.

She added: "We can confirm we have received a complaint from Mr Galloway and inquiries are ongoing."


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