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Galloway ordered out of Commons
George Galloway
Mr Galloway had spoken for over an hour on his suspension
Respect MP George Galloway has been ordered out of the House of Commons as MPs debated a report which called for him to be suspended for 18 days.

Before MPs voted on his suspension, Mr Galloway was ordered out after clashing with Speaker Michael Martin.

Mr Galloway spent an hour defending himself and commenting on members of the Standards and Privileges Committee who recommended banning him last week.

He was ordered out after he continued to criticise the integrity of some MPs.

The committee had examined Mr Galloway's work on the Mariam Appeal charity in Iraq.


The suspension was the result of him "concealing the true source of Iraqi funding" and "calling into question" the integrity of standards watchdogs

The ban on the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow sitting in the Commons will begin on October 8 once Parliament returns from summer recess. His salary will also be suspended.

During Monday's debate, Mr Galloway accused the Standards and Privileges Committee of hypocrisy and of acting "unjustly", but Mr Martin repeatedly warned him not to continue with personal attacks, saying "you are going too far".

Mr Galloway said the idea that Labour members of the committee could be "unbiased" about him was "ridiculous".

'Offensive attack'

When he was eventually ordered from the chamber, Mr Galloway shouted that he would continue his speech outside for anyone who wanted to hear it.

Mr Galloway has always denied receiving money from Saddam Hussein's regime.

Following his exit, Sir George Young, chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee, said Mr Galloway had made a "gratuitous and offensive attack" on Sir Philip Mawer, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

He told MPs: "This is not a debate about party political funding as the honourable member (Mr Galloway) maintained, it is about openness, it is about accountability, it is about integrity and also it is about our rules on advocacy."

The inquiry was the "longest running and probably one of the most complex" ever undertaken by a commissioner.

The inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards began in 2003.

Libel action

But it was suspended during Mr Galloway's successful libel action against the Daily Telegraph, which had suggested he had received money from Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.

The Mariam Appeal was set up by Mr Galloway in 1998 to provide medicine and medical help to Iraqis during the last years of Saddam Hussein's rule and under international sanctions.

He and other trustees were criticised by the Charity Commission last month, for failing to make sufficient inquiries into the sources of donations.

It found the appeal had received significant donations connected with improper transactions made under the Iraqi oil-for-food programme - but said the money had been spent on humanitarian aid.

Mr Galloway and the other trustees have denied any wrongdoing and he said the report was "sloppy, misleading and partial".

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