George Galloway accuses police officer of 'dirty tricks' campaign
PUBLISHED October 18, 2012
Mr Galloway alleged that the officer, who was unknown to him, entered his London home without permission and also gained access to his office.
He alleged that the officer sent emails from his office and also used an assumed name to attack his reputation on the Facebook social networking site.
He has also suspended a member of his constituency office staff over allegations that she may also have been involved in a campaign of vilification against him.
Mr Galloway claimed that the actions were part of a "dirty tricks operation" and he has written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe asking them to investigate.
Scotland Yard has confirmed that a senior officer with the Metropolitan Police's counter-terror unit had been placed on restricted duties pending an investigation.
Mr Galloway, who won the seat of Bradford West earlier this year in a bitterly contested by-election, set out the bizarre allegations in an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons.
The motion stated: "This House expresses its concern at the involvement of a very senior officer in the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism branch SO15 in an apparent dirty tricks operation against the honourable Member for Bradford West; notes that the officer entered the honourable Member's London home without his knowledge or consent, the honourable Member never having met or heard of him, and he slept in the honourable Member's home."
It is understood that the police officer concerned is a Detective Inspector with SO15, the counter-terror unit that also assists the security services with their work.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard confirmed that the officer had been placed on restricted duties following a complaint from a member of the public that was received on Monday.
The spokesman could not confirm whether it was Mr Galloway or someone acting on his behalf who had made the complaint.
The spokesman said: "The matter has been passed to the MPS directorate of professional standards to investigate and a voluntary referral is being made to the IPCC.
"The officer has been placed on restricted duties pending the outcome of the investigation."
A Home Office spokesman confirmed that a letter from Mr Galloway had been received and would be responded to in due course.