Galloway sacked for rape comments
George Galloway has been sacked by a magazine over his comments on rape.
The MP came under fire this week for saying one of the rape charges against Julian Assange was merely "bad sexual etiquette" in an online video broadcast supporting the Wikileaks founder. The Respect MP was a columinst for Holyrood political magazine, which made a public announcement about his dismissal.
"George Galloway is no longer a columnist for Holyrood magazine and the reasons for that, I would have thought, are fairly obvious," Holyrood editor Mandy Rhodes said in a statement.
"Galloway has always courted controversy and while I have not always agreed with some of his views, I have admired him for staying true to his original political beliefs and particularly for his stance over Iraq."
The MP's comments prompted outgoing MP Louise Mensch to write an article urging David Cameron to appoint a female Justice Minister in the Daily Telegraph. She wrote women were "fed up with male politicians diminishing, dismissing and demeaning" rape.
"The justice department has no women in the most senior roles; it stumbled both on trying to grant anonymity to men accused of rape, a Lib Dem idea, and in Ken Clarke's own unfortunate comments about rape," Ms Mensch wrote.
"I hope (and expect) that the Prime Minister will use the opportunity of the reshuffle to promote some of the talented female lawyers on his benches into the department that governs rape, sexual trafficking and other crimes against women."