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Police probe threats against Bradford West MP George Galloway
7:00am Wednesday 25th April 2012 in North of England news
Detectives are probing allegations of threats of harm being made against newly-elected Bradford West MP George Galloway.
Officers have spoken to Mr Galloway about the allegations, which came to light at the weekend.
Police have confirmed they are investigating threats against the MP, but have refused to discuss the nature of the threats, or whether anyone has been questioned about the claims.
Last night, Mr Galloway told the Telegraph & Argus he had confidence in the police investigation.
The MP said: “I have every confidence in the police. I am sure they will be doing, and are doing, exactly what is necessary and proper.”
Mr Galloway said the police had spoken to him about the allegations and their investigation was continuing.
He added: “I can confirm the police statement and I am sure they are investigating it seriously.”
He said he was not keen to magnify the issue because it was not good for Bradford.
The allegations have been discussed at a senior policing level. A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm we have received an allegation of threats made towards Mr Galloway and that inquiries are ongoing.”
A spokesman for Mr Galloway’s office said: “There is nothing to add to what the police have already said about this.”
Bradford Council leader Ian Greenwood also declined to comment on the allegations.
It is understood the alleged threats were not made directly to the MP.
Mr Galloway has courted controversy in the short time since he was elected to Bradford West as a Respect Party MP, replacing Labour’s Marsha Singh who gave up the seat due to ill health.
Among other things, the new MP has asked Prime Minister David Cameron for a formal inquiry, addressing the dormant Westfield shopping centre scheme and plans to redevelop the former Odeon cinema.