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Galloway says no to Scottish seat
MP George Galloway
Mr Galloway will not stand for election in Scotland
Rebel MP George Galloway has announced that he will not stand for a Scottish seat at the next Westminster election.

The Glasgow Kelvin MP, who was expelled from the Labour Party last year, said he wanted to win a seat in the European Parliament on 10 June.

He also said he hoped to become an MP in a constituency south of the border.

He said his decision was influenced by the fact that Muslim MP Mohammed Sarwar looked set to become Labour's candidate for the new Glasgow Central seat.

Lacking representation

Mr Galloway's Glasgow Kelvin seat is to disappear in a boundary shake-up but the controversial MP was expected to fight one of the new constituencies in the city.

However, Mr Galloway does not want to compete against his political ally, Mr Sarwar.

"Having stood by him all these years, I couldn't now play a part in depriving a Muslim community badly lacking representation of one of the few representatives they have," he said.

Mr Galloway, who was thrown out of Labour over his comments about the Iraq war, tops the London list of the anti-war Respect Party for the 10 June election.

The announcement of his withdrawal from Scottish politics came in his weekly column for The Mail on Sunday.

At the next general election I will be stepping down from the Scottish parliamentary scene. I will not fight a Westminster election in Scotland again
George Galloway

He said: "I announce my impending withdrawal from the field after more than 35 years of short sword fighting on the Scottish political front line.

"At the next general election I will be stepping down from the Scottish parliamentary scene. I will not fight a Westminster election in Scotland again.

"On 10 June I hope to be elected to represent London in the European Parliament and I intend to try to win a seat in the House of Commons a little nearer to the Thames."

Mr Galloway said he would vote for the Scottish Socialist Party in the European elections but he ruled out joining their ranks because of the party's support for Scottish independence.


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