Bradford MP George Galloway lists ‘dictators that PM supports’

George Galloway

George Galloway

First published in Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Bradford West MP George Galloway has stoked his spat with David Cameron – by pointing out all the “dictators” he has supported.

Last week, the prime minister turned on the Respect MP in the Commons, accusing him of backing Syrian leader President Bashar Assad.

Mr Cameron told Mr Galloway: “Some things come and go but one thing is certain – wherever there is a brutal Arab dictator in the world, he will have your support.”

Now the Bradford West MP has tabled an early day motion (EDM) hitting back at Mr Cameron’s human rights record.

It reads: “This House notes that, in January 2011, as opposition was growing in Egypt to the tyrant Hosni Mubarak, the prime minister declared him a friend of Britain. [It] further notes that the prime minister has unswervingly backed the Middle East’s most repressive dictatorship, Saudi Arabia.

“[It] further notes that, as recently as November 2012, the prime minister travelled to Saudi Arabia in order to sell British fighter jets and other military hardware to this barbaric regime.

“[It] further notes that, in May 2012, at the height of the crackdown in Bahrain, the prime minister welcomed the Bahraini Crown Prince to Downing Street and then, in August, the King of that brutal and repressive state was given red carpet treatment by the prime minister.”

The motion – which is not debated – concludes by deploring the “support given by the prime minister to brutal Arab dictators”.

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