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Keep up pressure to defend anti-war MP

Issue No. 1861

NEW LABOUR has moved to increase the pressure on George Galloway, the MP most associated with speaking out against the war. The assault on Galloway is part of New Labour's attempt to smear the whole anti-war movement and to prevent the truth about the war coming out. New Labour has now put back Galloway's disciplinary hearing until 22 October. This is after the TUC and Labour Party conferences - a calculated move to try to dampen down any opposition against the witch-hunting of Galloway.

Galloway was initially charged with bringing the party into disrepute for calling Bush and Blair 'wolves'. Now New Labour has added the charge of congratulating Socialist Alliance candidate Michael Lavalette, who won a seat on Preston council during the May local elections. It has also announced the three people on the disciplinary committee who will preside over George's case.

The three, who include deputy general secretary of the ISTC union Eddie Lynch, are said by Labour insiders to be most distinguished by their willingness to toe the Blair line. We should redouble our efforts to defend George Galloway, and to win support in our trade union branches and throughout the anti-war movement.

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Sat 26 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1861
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