Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Galloway: Top Cop Slept with My Aide

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Galloway: Top Cop Slept with My Aide

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Joe Murphy

SCOTLAND Yard is investigating claims that a senior antiterrorism officer slept with a female aide of George Galloway at the politician's London home without his knowledge.

The Respect MP accuses the man of staying there and gaining access to his office as part of a "dirty tricks" campaign against him. Today the Yard said it had placed an officer in its Specialist Operations branch on restricted duties and launched an internal inquiry into the allegations.

The claims emerged in a Commons motion in which the MP says the detective inspector entered his house without his knowledge or consent and slept there. He says the officer, attached to the Met's Counter Terrorism branch, sent emails from his office and used an alias to attack him on Facebook.

Further details are revealed on Mr Galloway's website where the MP alleges that the officer -- whom he refers to as K -- was having an affair with one of his staff and slept with her in his Streatham home while he was away.

He accuses his former aide of acting as the officer's "agent" inside Respect and says she has now been sacked.

Mr Galloway today said he felt "violated" and called for the officer to be suspended rather than merely placed on restricted duties. He told the Standard: "It could not look Continued on Page 5

Continued from Page 1 worse than that a person whose job is essentially to police Britain's Muslim community could have been coming and going, sleeping in my house when I was away, when I am the MP for tens of thousands of Muslims and heavily involved in issues that vitally affect the Muslim community.

"If he could not see that then he is too stupid to be a detective inspector in SO15. It is not enough for me that he has been placed on restrictive duties, which means counting pencils. …

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