Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Labour deputy leader Watson condemns Galloway ‘bigotry’

George Galloway has been sacked following his comments (Dave Higgens/PA)
George Galloway has been sacked following his comments (Dave Higgens/PA)

Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson has condemned the “bigotry” of George Galloway following allegedly anti-Semitic comments made online.

Galloway was sacked by TalkRadio after celebrating the defeat of Tottenham in the Champions League final as it prevented “Israel flags on the cup”.

Mr Watson welcomed the dismissal of the radio host and former MP and decried his “hate-fuelled” comments.

Tom Watson has called for solidarity with the Jewish community (Yui Mok/PA)

The shadow media minister told the Press Association: “It is right that TalkRadio have cancelled George Galloway’s radio show after his latest hate-fuelled remarks.

“There can be no place for this hatred in our society.

“We must stand together against bigotry and in solidarity with the Jewish community.

“I welcome the decision to take a voice that thrives on division off the air.”

Tottenham are known for having historically significant support from the Jewish community.

Galloway’s employer TalkRadio labelled the host’s celebration of their loss anti-Semitic, and announced that it had severed ties with the presenter of The Mother Of All Talk Shows programme.

In a statement, the station said: “TalkRadio has terminated George Galloway’s weekly show with immediate effect. As a fair and balanced news provider, TalkRadio does not tolerate anti-Semitic views.”

Galloway had posted following Liverpool’s victory in the final in Madrid: “Congratulations to the great people of Liverpool to the memory of the socialist miner Bill Shankley to the fallen 96 to those who fought for justice for them and to the Liverpool dockers. No Israel flags on the Cup!”

The former Labour and Respect Party politician said he would see his former employer in court following the news of his sacking.

He also declared his support for Palestine.

In a string of tweets following his dismissal, he said: “I’ve just been sacked by @talkRADIO See you in Court guys. #Palestine #Moats Long live Palestine.”

He then added: “I’ve been given a Red Card from @talkRADIO for ‘over-celebrating’ #Liverpool famous victory over Spurs. Not sure it’s the wisest move Mr Murdoch’s team ever made given the history and all.”

Media watchdog Ofcom had received numerous complaints about Galloway’s show.

Board of Deputies of British Jews president Marie van der Zyl said Mr Galloway’s tweet was “blatant anti-Semitism”.

She added: “We also applaud TalkRadio for taking this poisonous and divisive figure off air.

“His attempt to bring hatred into a wonderful occasion for English football has attracted the derision it deserves.”

A spokeswoman for the Jewish Leadership Council said: “George Galloway never misses an opportunity to hurl insults at Israel or any person or body that he feels might have support from Israel. He is a repeat offender.

“It is fitting that both Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur have condemned his self-seeking antics. It seems that this latest tirade has backfired.

“TalkRadio have made entirely the right decision in sacking him.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in