Galloway’s Respect Party lose ANOTHER leader

December 8, 2012 11:12 am

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…

  • NT86

    Pretty soon it’ll just be George Galloway and a remainder of his stooges running the show. Hopefully Muslim voters will realise how terrible Respect is, as it does nothing aside from exploiting their votes for self-interest. What are the odds that Galloway will even contest Bradford West in 2015? He stood down from Bow and Bethnal Green to contest another seat in 2010 after all.

    When Salma Yaqoob bailed it was quite clear that Respect would go into meltdown. No one can cooperate with that horrible man.

  • MonkeyBot5000

    I can understand them overlooking some minor vandalism as a teenager, but how did they miss a conviction for electoral fraud?

  • Brumanuensis

    In fairness, the point about spent convictions is that they’re not supposed to be taken into account. But I can see why this causes difficulties (obviously).

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    Do political parties generally have anyway of knowing if you have a spent conviction? I think i’m right in saying that we don’t CRB any of our candidates and it’s all done on trust.

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    Do political parties generally have anyway of knowing if you have a spent conviction? I think i’m right in saying that we don’t CRB any of our candidates and it’s all done on trust.

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    Do political parties generally have anyway of knowing if you have a spent conviction? I think i’m right in saying that we don’t CRB any of our candidates and it’s all done on trust.

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    Do political parties generally have anyway of knowing if you have a spent conviction? I think i’m right in saying that we don’t CRB any of our candidates and it’s all done on trust.

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    Do political parties generally have anyway of knowing if you have a spent conviction? I think i’m right in saying that we don’t CRB any of our candidates and it’s all done on trust.

  • http://www.robbiescott.com/ Robbie Scott

    Do political parties generally have anyway of knowing if you have a spent conviction? I think i’m right in saying that we don’t CRB any of our candidates and it’s all done on trust.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graeme-Hancocks/1156294498 Graeme Hancocks

    Respect is a misnomer if ever there was. Awful party. Just awful.

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