“Respect Yourself” – Is this leaflet part of a dirty tricks campaign in Rotherham?

23rd November, 2012 9:56 am

According to the Guardian:

“The Labour party has complained to the police over an election leaflet purporting to come from George Galloway’s Respect party, which refers to Labour as a “party of closet racists” who are prone to “anti-Islamic bigotry”. The leaflet, entitled “Respect Yourself”, was allegedly sent to a number of Asian households in Rotherham…”

Here’s the leaflet (via the Rotherham By-election blog):

Respect candidate Yvonne Ridley has denied that Respect was responsible for the leaflet. However, in Bradford West earlier this year, a leaflet was produced attacking Labout that memorably said:

“God KNOWS who is a Muslim and he KNOWS who is not. I, George Galloway, do not drink and never have.”

Galloway denied at the time that the leaflet had come from him. Yet the Guardian now reports that:

“The day after Galloway overturned Labour’s 6,000 majority, his press officer, Ron McKay, confirmed to the Guardian that the leaflet had been sanctioned by Galloway.”

We’ll leave it to you to decide who was responsible for this latest vile and baseless attack on the Labour Party…

Update: Respect recently posted a video of Lee Jasper canvassing for support outside a Mosque in Croydon.

The background music? “Respect yourself”…a coincidence, I’m sure.

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