Galloway bids to raise £50,000 to make film about former Prime Minister Blair (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Galloway bids to raise £50,000 to make film about former Prime Minister Blair
A project by Bradford West MP George Galloway about the Blair years has been branded a “ridiculous stunt” by the Labour Party.
More than 1,000 people have so far backed a campaign by Mr Galloway (Respect) to raise £50,000 for the documentary titled ‘The Killing of Tony Blair’.
More than £42,000 has been raised so far and if the £50,000 target is raised by October 7 the project will go ahead.
Mr Galloway created a page on Kickstarter, an organisation that helps fund creative projects, five days ago.
He wants to make what he has described as the “definitive documentary about the Blair years”.
He said: “In 2003, I was expelled from the Labour Party over my outspoken opposition to Bush and Blair’s war in Iraq. I promised that until the last day of my life I would go on fighting to put Tony Blair on trial, a real trial in The Hague, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“This documentary will not be another sterile chronicle of the Blair years. I witnessed his mendacity first hand and am able to offer you the inside story. No doubt the debates will be heated. But from that heat will come light.”
But a Labour Party spokesman yesterday said: “People in Bradford West want a local MP who stands up for them on important issues like defending our NHS and schools and working to get the city’s economy moving.
“Instead George Galloway would rather spend his time on ridiculous stunts like this.” Councillor Alyas Karmani (Little Horton), the leader of the Respect group on Bradford Council, said that the project fell within the tradition of “political satire”.
“It is fully within the democratic tradition from Spitting Image and I encourage it,” said Coun Karmani.
But Keighley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins said: “As a politician, I am rarely lost for words but this is one such occasion. What his home video proves is that George’s bag of gimmicks is bottomless.”
And Bradford East MP David Ward (Lib Dem) accused Mr Galloway of failing his voters by not concentrating on constituency issues.
“He has the most important constituency with the city centre, the university, the college, and two hospitals, which would take up the time of most MPs,” said Mr Ward.
“This is a bit of a disgrace and he is failing the electorate. He clearly just does not give a damn about Bradford.”
Mr Galloway said last night he would be holding the world premiere of the film at the National Media Museum and that high-profile backers were waiting in the wings to support the film.
“I know the Labour Party wish people would forget Tony Blair but that is never going to happen,” he said. “Not while I am alive. One of my main platforms of my election campaign was to bring Tony Blair to justice and I will do that as long as God gives me breath.”