George Galloway suspends election campaign as police investigate death threat claims

Former MP George Galloway has suspended his election campaign as police investigate alleged death threats against him.

George Galloway launched his election campaign in Ayr earlier this month. PIC: John Devlin.

The former Labour member is due to stand as a candidate for the All For Unity party in May’s elections.

Mr Galloway said he has left his home – and Scotland – after three separate death threats were made against him on Twitter.

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He claimed the threats were written by a “Scottish Nationalist extremist”.

Police have confirmed they are investigating with Galloway praising a “prompt and determined response”.

Mr Galloway, who opposes Scottish independence, said he is suspending his election campaign “for a few days” until the police matter is resolved.

But he said he will still take part in The Scotsman’s online election hustings on Tuesday night “from a remote location”.

The hustings will start from 6:30pm with the livecast to focus on candidates from the South of Scotland list region.

Craig Hoy ( Scottish Conservatives) and Laura Moodie (Scottish Greens) are among the confirmed guests.

The All For Unity party launched last year and later issued a "Save Our Scotland" plea with people asked to vote against independence.

Mr Galloway earlier clashed with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf after tweeting to the cabinet member: "You're not a Celt like me."

Mr Yousaf said voters will show George Galloway the “cat flap” at the May elections after the former MP posted a "race-baiting" tweet.

Mr Galloway said he held the “race-baiting” claim in contempt, given he was the father of five mixed race children.

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