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13/01/06
Government Wants MP George Off  Big Brother. Image:  Channel 4Government Wants MP George Off Big Brother
- Stop furthering your ego, says official

THE GOVERNMENT has stepped into the row about east London MP George Galloway’s stint as a contestant on Big Brother.

“This week he missed a vote in the House of Commons on Crossrail and next week, he could miss the chance to speak on the Equality Bill,” said Government Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong.

“Does he honestly think that his constituents would prefer to see him lounging about in the Big Brother house rather than debating issues as serious as equality?”

Armstrong is so upset that she has started a petition on the issue, which urges Galloway to, “represent and respect his constituents, not further his own ego, as he is by remaining totally out of touch in the Big Brother house.”

Galloway is the only MP of the left-wing Respect Party and as such feels he can attract more attention to his causes on TV than in the Big Brother house. “It is his hope that Big Brother would provide the kind of platform that the media does not normally provide for him,” said a spokesperson for Respect.

“He is coming across as a human being, while the press have tried to demonise him in the past.”



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