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Galloway slams Fitzpatrick over Muslim wedding walkout

PUBLISHED: 14:28 14 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 05 October 2010

Jim and Sheila... at a reception in Bangladesh last summer, pictured originally for the Advertiser website

Jim and Sheila... at a reception in Bangladesh last summer, pictured originally for the Advertiser website

MP George Galloway has hit out at his East London Labour rival Jim Fitzpatrick’s walkout from a Muslim wedding. The Respect MP has condemned Government minister Mr Fitzpatrick for refusing to stay at a wedding in the London Muslim Centre after he and his wife were refused entry as a couple

By Gemma Collins

MP George Galloway has hit out at his East London Labour rival Jim Fitzpatrick’s walkout from a Muslim wedding.

The Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow has condemned Government minister Mr Fitzpatrick for refusing to stay at a wedding in the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel after he and his wife were refused entry as a couple on Sunday.

Mr Fitzpatrick, the MP for neighbouring Poplar & Canning Town, accused the centre of imposing stricter’ segregation rules in recent months and he is blaming the Muslim organisation the Islamic Forum of Europe for its “stranglehold influence” on the centre.

POLITICAL STUNT’

But Mr Galloway called his walk-out a “disgusting insult, cynically motivated by political opportunism.”

He said: “If you don’t want to go to a Muslim wedding, don’t go.

“But don’t turn up and then carry out a wholly artificial politically motivated stunt.”

He added: “I am amazed and astounded by this behaviour by a Government minister who represents a very substantial Muslim minority in his constituency.

“I honestly did not think anyone could stoop so low.

“Fitzpatrick really has got down in the gutter in his increasingly desperate attempt to hold onto his Parliamentary seat.”

Mr Galloway is challenging Mr Fitzpatrick for the redrawn constituency of Poplar & Limehouse at the next General Election.

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