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Bradford MP to take complaint about Twitter remark to national Labour Party
7:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
Bradford MP George Galloway says he is not satisfied with the local Labour party’s response to what he has called an “odious” comment made on Twitter.
In February, the Respect MP complained to Bradford Council Leader David Green after a Keighley councillor, Steve Pullen, made a comment on social media website Twitter seemingly encouraging Galloway to kill himself.
In response to anti-Galloway user “Where’s George’s” comment: “Will George actually do something for Bradford West this week?” Coun Pullen replied: “Maybe top himself?”
Although the Keighley East councillor claimed it was a light-hearted exchange, Mr Galloway saw it differently, and lodged an official complaint with the party.
He said: “I don’t know who Councillor Steve Pullen is, but he’s an absolute disgrace, not just to the Labour party, but to humanity.”
But almost a month later the MP feels like the party has done little to punish the councillor, who is chairman of the Council’s Keighley Area Committee.
Mr Galloway was sent an e-mail from Coun Green late last month saying: “The Whips have taken what they deem to be appropriate action in this case.”
Unsatisfied with the way the issue has been handled, the MP has now referred the issue to the national Labour Party.
Chief Labour Whip on Bradford Council, Councillor Shere Khan, said: “We did investigate and spoke to Coun Pullen. He apologised to us and said he had made a mistake and didn’t mean any offence. He apologised so that should be the end of it.”
Mr Galloway’s assistant Ron McKay said: “It was a completely unsatisfactory reply from Dave Green, as the result of which an official complaint is going in to the Labour party nationally.”
Coun Pullen said: “I have had action taken against me by the Labour Group. I have taken my punishment and I am not able to talk about it. It was a non-issue.”