Search

Hundreds turn out to hear Respect MP George Galloway in Newham

PUBLISHED: 11:07 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:36 14 February 2013

Bradford MP George Galloway speaks at meeting organised by Newham People's Alliance

Bradford MP George Galloway speaks at meeting organised by Newham People's Alliance

Archant

George Galloway has suggested Yvonne Ridley, a war correspondent who converted to Islam after being captured by the Taliban, would make a good Respect MP for Newham.

Bradford MP George Galloway speaks at a meeting organised by Newham People's AllianceBradford MP George Galloway speaks at a meeting organised by Newham People's Alliance

The former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, now the MP for Bradford, was last night speaking at a packed meeting organised by Newham People’s Alliance.

According to security at the Empire venue on Barking Road, in East Ham, up to 1,000 people turned up to the event dubbed “Newham Spring”.

The meeting came after Mr Galloway re-launched his Respect party in Newham at the end of December.

At the last meeting Mr Galloway said he aimed to see a Respect mayor in Newham and have at least three Respect councillors in the borough after the next election. The current council is all Labour.

Mr Galloway was met by applause last night as he told audience: “This is the beginning of the Newham revolution.”

He said the “revolution” would not stop until a new mosque in West Ham, rejected by the council on planning grounds, had been built.

Referring to Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales, Mr Galloway said: “If you don’t resign then I’m going to follow you every step of the way until polling day.”

Cheered on by the audience Mr Galloway was urged to challenge Sir Robin himself but he did not say whether he would run himself as Mayor.

Yvonne Ridley also addressed the meeting along with the chair of the Newham People’s Alliance Mufti Shah Sadruddin.

The NPA describe themselves as a non-partisan and multi-faith group formed to compel those in power into a dialogue with ordinary people who they say have been sidelined.

Latest Newham Stories

Yesterday, 16:04

Stephen Timms has spoken to the Recorder from Parliament which is on lockdown after a terror incident this afternoon reportedly left two people dead.

Stephen Timms
Yesterday, 15:30

With Orient’s immediate future now decided until at least the summer, it is vital a plan is put in place for the 2017/18 campaign.

Alex Cisak
Yesterday, 18:50

A busy DLR station was evacuated after a security alert this evening.

British Transport Police
Yesterday, 17:40

Security is being stepped up at London City Airport in the wake of a terror attack outside Parliament this afternoon.

Yesterday, 16:37

A policeman is one of five people to have been killed in a major terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament.

Victoria

Our West Ham Columnist Tony Cottee sticks by under-pressure keeper Darren Randolph

Andy Carroll
Yesterday, 11:00

It would be very easy to castigate the 18-year-old, but he is one of the few players contracted to the club past this season and needs nurturing

Josh Koroma
Yesterday, 15:09

A 19-year-old cookery student is celebrating after winning a competition to get her dish added to the menu of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s cafe chain.

Results

West Ham

  • Lyn Brown (Labour)
    36,132 (68.4%)

East Ham

  • Stephen Timms (Labour)
    40,563 (77.6%)

Live

Yesterday, 16:37

A policeman is one of five people to have been killed in a major terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament.

View Live

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now