George Galloway’s Respect Party have lost their second leader in just three months, according to a report in the Guardian. National Chair Arshad Ali stood down earlier this week, after it was revealed that he had a spent conviction for electoral fraud. Arshad had led the party since November.
Ali told the Guardian:
“I was elected leader about a month ago but informed the national sec that I was unable to take on that role due to being unable to travel nationally as would be required of me.”
Senior Respect officials have claimed that Ali was never the leader of the party, but the Guardian notes that on November 5th election was announced in a message to the Respect national council email group. Yet it seems that the electoral commission still has Salma Yaqoob registered as Respect leader – even though she resigned from the party nearly three months ago…