What did Galloway and Miliband really discuss?
The Respect MP has threatened "to tell the whole truth" after Labour figures dismissed claims he could rejoin the party.
The line from the party is that the meeting was to discuss the recent vote on the constituency boundary changes, rather than any possibility of readmission. But one problem with this claim is that the vote in question was held on 29 January, while the meeting is said to have taken place a few weeks ago. Galloway is certainly hinting that there was more to the tête-à-tête than Labour suggests. After shadow international development secretary Ivan Lewis tweeted: "Re Galloway being allowed to join Labour,more chance of finding Lord Lucan riding Shergar! @Ed_Miliband abhors his values+divisive politics", Galloway replied: "better not tell lies about the meeting Ivan. Or I will have to tell the whole truth...". He later added: "oh......don't tempt me. Ed, rein these people in".
Incidentally, while Galloway vehemently denies that he has any desire to return to Labour, it is worth recalling what former Respect leader Salma Yaqoob had to say about the subject last year. She told the Guardian:
This is the irony – he's always said to me, 'if you have an approach, just make sure that I can come back in'. Ironically, that has not been on the cards. I think it's a great sadness to him, understandably, that he was expelledThat the meeting lasted for nearly an hour and that Miliband asked Galloway why he left Labour ("I didn’t leave, I was thrown out," he replied") certainly suggests that his relationship with the party was discussed.
The bus performed an emergency stop at Highbury New Park, where the boy was treated by paramedics.
He was taken by air ambulance to an East London hospital but died last night, Scotland Yard said. His next of kin have been informed.
Derek's sister - 29 year-old Gifty Boateng told London Evening Standard: "I could not have had a better brother. He would do things for anyone and ask for nothing in return.
"He was the family handyman and could fix anything and wanted to be an engineer.
"He also loved drumming that was his passion. He was very musical and good at painting and drawing. He also liked football and was good at sports. He had lots of friends and was a loving son to our Mum and Dad."
According to London Evening Standard, Derek who lived with his parents in Hackney, was a former pupil at Highbury Grove School, but had been excluded for bad behaviour and was attending Regent’s Vocational College in Hackney at the time of his death, according to sources.
One report suggested Derek had gone back to the Highbury school to confront an old classmate. A source said: “He and his attacker hung out in rival gangs, that is what caused the problem.”
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and remains in custody at a North London police station.
Witnesses or anyone with information have been asked to call police on 020 8345 3734, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.