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Galloway dominates the airwaves

George Galloway on Big Brother
George Galloway has sung in an Elvis wig on Big Brother

Not content on appearing on one TV show, George Galloway popped up on two as he took part in a quiz on Richard and Judy's teatime programme.

The MP and Celebrity Big Brother contestant won Ł140 in shopping for his housemates in the game.

It was his first contact with the outside world since entering the house.

But he was not told he had been probed - and cleared of any wrong-doing - in signing motions put before the Commons during his time on Big Brother.

Describing Saddam

On Richard and Judy's Channel 4 show, Mr Galloway played the You Say, We Pay quiz once played by Tony Blair when he was interviewed by the sofa couple.

He was shown seven pictures and successfully got the two presenters to guess what he was describing.

The 51-year-old described Saddam Hussein, whom he has famously met, as "the former dictator of Iraq" and actress Goldie Hawn as "a ditsy blond who was once in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In".

HAVE YOUR SAY
Go on George, enjoy yourself
Paul, Salisbury

Richard Madeley initially thought Mr Galloway was describing Big Brother housemate Pete Burns when he talked about "a transvestite... very colourful, a singer".

The MP was in fact looking at a picture of Boy George.

Other pictures included "the hero of Baywatch" David Hasselhoff, gorillas and maggots.

On the Big Brother show itself, Mr Galloway has danced to Great Balls of Fire wearing an Elvis wig, sideburns and a leather jacket.

Last week he was branded a "laughing stock" by a Labour member of the London Assembly after pretending to be a cat in another of the show's tasks.

Commons probe

In Parliament, Labour MP Chris Bryant this week asked whether the way Mr Galloway had signed Commons motions during his time on the show was "entirely in order".

But on Tuesday Speaker Michael Martin said it was "clear" the Respect MP had signed the motions before entering the Channel 4 TV show's house earlier this month.

To laughter, he said he was "satisfied" Mr Galloway had acted correctly.

He said: "It was clear to me that the motions were signed before the honourable member went out of contact."

Early Day Motions signed by Mr Galloway ranged from one congratulating Harold Pinter on being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to another attacking the "obscene level" of city bonuses.

The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow has been criticised for being away from his constituency.

But Mr Galloway has said his decision to be a contestant is good for politics and will widen young people's interest in current affairs.

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