There was a remarkable and unpleasant hustings for the Bradford West constituency last night. Remarkable and unpleasant by normal standards – but not by the toxic standards of Bradford politics.
At the debate, George Galloway accused Labour’s Naz Shah of lying about when she was forced into marriage in Pakistan. Shah has said this took place when she was 15, but Galloway went to extreme lengths last night to produce a “nikah” (an Islamic marriage certificate) from Pakistan (which Shah says was obtained by someone pretending to be her deceased father). According to the Guardian, Shah has pledged to sue Galloway after the general election. Here’s the video:
Regardless, we’re not sure what difference it makes whether someone was forced into an arranged marriage at 15 or 16 – surely it’s unacceptable either way Mr Galloway?
Hat-tip: Guido Fawkes