Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Poll Debate Is Scrapped over Violence Fears; KING AND GALLOWAY MEET POLICE IN BITTER EAST END CAMPAIGN

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Poll Debate Is Scrapped over Violence Fears; KING AND GALLOWAY MEET POLICE IN BITTER EAST END CAMPAIGN

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

LABOUR'S Oona King today called for curbs on intimidation at polling stations as she and rival George Galloway met police to hammer out a peace deal.

Ms King joined Mr Galloway, of the antiwar Respect party, as they agreed to improve safety in Bethnal Green and Bow in the run up to May 5.

The meeting came after Tower Hamlets College cancelled today's debate between the Bethnal Green and Bow candidates over fears it could be hijacked by extremists.

The college said the venue was no longer "suitable". It is understood college officials feared troublemakers would infiltrate the meeting.

Fresh trouble flared last night as the pair held a hustings meeting amid heavy police security. Extremists tried to break into the meeting and a man was arrested.

Ms King was today urging Mr Galloway to agree a plan to boost security on polling day.

Under the plan, just one teller would be allowed outside polling stations, a move designed to stop of party supporters gathering in numbers. …

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