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George Galloway is a British politician, author, journalist, and broadcaster, and the Respect Member of Parliament for Bradford West. After first coming to public attention as the General Secretary of War on Want, Galloway was elected a Labour Party MP in the 1987 general election representing Glasgow Hillhead and its successor constituency Glasgow Kelvin. He remained the MP for the later seat until 2005. In October 2003, Galloway had been expelled from the Labour Party after being found guilty of four of the five charges of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute. He became a founding member of the left-wing Respect in 2004, and was elected as the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the general election the following year. In 2010, Galloway unsuccessfully contested the seat of Poplar and Limehouse, and in 2011 he unsuccessfully contested the Glasgow list for the Scottish Parliament, before being returning as a Westminster MP at the 2012 Bradford West by-election. In the late 1980s Hansard records him delivering a ferocious assault on the Ba'ath regime, and Galloway opposed Saddam's regime until the United States-led Gulf War in 1991. Galloway visited Iraq in 1994 and delivered a speech to Saddam Hussein which ended in English with the statement "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability." He has always stated that he was addressing the Iraqi people in the speech. Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations' Oil for Food Programme. (via Freebase)