George Galloway ‘told me to do chores’, former aide claims
By Sarah Bell
Victoria Derbyshire programme
2 July 2015
From the section England
George Galloway asked his former parliamentary aide to buy him underwear and arrange his wedding party, she says
Aisha Ali-Khan reported the former Bradford West MP to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) earlier this year.
She told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she agreed to the tasks as she was “simply overwhelmed” and he was “not a man you can say no to easily”.
He said there was “not a word of truth in these malicious allegations”.
Ipsa confirmed it had received a complaint against Mr Galloway, who is bidding to become the next London mayor, which it handed to the police in May.
The Metropolitan Police said the matter was being assessed – it is making inquiries but there is no active investigation at present.
Ms Ali-Khan told the programme about the tasks he asked her to fulfil during her six-month stint as his taxpayer-funded assistant.
Her lawyers claim they amounted to a breach of the requirement to use funds for parliamentary purposes.
“On one occasion when we were in Bradford, he told me that he had travelled to Bradford and was without any underwear. He said you must go to TK Maxx for me and he said, ‘I would like you to buy me underwear,'” she said.
“With the fact that I was working for him, I was doing so much. It was another thing to do. There was a list of things to do.”
George Galloway has been referred to the Metropolitan Police by the parliamentary watchdog
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