Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Livingstone backs King

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, a prominent opponent of the war in Iraq, has shown that Galloway's claim to have the backing of the anti-war movement is untrue.

Livingstone gave his backing to Labour candidate Oona King and criticised Galloway's egoistic approach to politics:

Mr Livingstone, who accompanied Ms King on a visit to the East London mosque in Whitechapel before they had lunch, also criticised Mr Galloway. He said: “I’ve been fighting elections in London for 35 years and this is the first time I’ve had to have a team of police with me.”

He said that although he and Ms King were on opposite sides during the Iraq war debate he was supporting her because she worked “damn hard” for the people of East London.

He said: “You feel that behind all the rhetoric, it’s all about George, it’s always about George.” Mr Livingstone said that if Mr Galloway had wanted to make a stand over the war he should have stood against Tony Blair or Geoff Hoon instead of trying to oust one of Parliament’s few black women.