George Galloway: Hijacking of Nigel Farage ‘ugly’

Nigel Farage and George Galloway appeared on Question Time from Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
Nigel Farage and George Galloway appeared on Question Time from Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
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FORMER Scottish MP George Galloway insisted last night that the hijacking of Nigel Farage’s press conference in Edinburgh last month “looked ugly”.

Mr Galloway, a veteran left-wing politician, lined up with the right-wing Ukip leader to attack the SNP as the BBC Question Time was broadcast from the Scottish capital.

The political make-up of the programme dominated parts of the televised debate, as SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson criticised having four anti-independence politicians on a platform of six.

Mr Robertson claimed Scots “wouldn’t be mucked about” under independence in the way he claimed the country had over the political balance of last night’s Question Time.

The make-up of the panel, which included Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish deputy Labour leader Anas Sarwar and journalist Lesley Riddoch, sparked complaints to the BBC from the SNP and the Scottish Greens, who claimed that it was dominated by anti-independence politicians from outside Scotland.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said the invites to Mr Farage and Mr Galloway had been “contrived to deliver sensationalist confrontation”.