Stoppers

The Frequent Flyer

From the House of Commons, Register of Members’ Interests

2-4 November 1997, to Abu-Dhabi, accompanied by my partner and my parliamentary assistant, to attend a conference on the Future of the Arab World. The Government of the UAE paid for our travel and accommodation. (Registered 12 November 1997)

9-11 June 1998, to Washington, to give a lecture on Capitol Hill on the nuclear crisis in South Asia and to make a speech at the national Press Club in Washington on the same subject. Flights and hotel bills were paid by the Pakistani-American Congress. (Registered 12 June 1998)

Overseas benefits and gifts:

November 1997, gift of a watch from the Government of the UAE during my visit to Abu-Dhabi. (Registered 12 November 1997)

January/early February 1999, to Abu-Dhabi as a guest of the Government of the United Arab Emirates. (Registered 12 February 1999)

September-November 1999, travel by double decker bus, visiting eleven countries, as Chairman of the Mariam Appeal which met all the costs. (Registered 14 December 1999)

November 1999, to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, as Chairman of the Mariam Appeal, paid for by the Appeal. (Registered 14 December 1999)

January/February 1999, gift of a watch from Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. (Registered 12 February 1999)

November 1999, gift of a watch from the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. (Registered 14 December 1999)

January/early February 1999, to Abu-Dhabi as a guest of the Government of the United Arab Emirates. (Registered 12 February 1999)

19-22 February 2000, to Lebanon to discuss the cancer epidemic in Iraq for the Mariam Appeal which met my flight and travel and costs. (Registered 2 March 2000)

12-17 March 2000, from London to Jordan on a flight paid for by the Mariam Appeal. I travelled from Amman to the Iraq border in a car paid for by the Mariam Appeal. I travelled from the Iraq border to Baghdad in a car paid for by the Ministry of Health. My three nights in Baghdad were as a guest of the Iraq-Britain Friendship Society. (Registered 6 April 2000)

31March-3 April 2000, to the United Arab Emirates, as a guest of the Government of the UAE. (Registered 6 April 2000)

7-11 May 2000, from London to Amman by plane and from Amman to Baghdad by road, travel paid by the Mariam Appeal. Accommodation in Baghdad paid for by the Baghdad Conference, a collection of NGOs working on the sanctions issue. (Registered 17 May 2000)

August 2001, to USA for four days, to make a speech. Flight and hotel expenses paid by Kashmiri-American Council. (Registered 29 October 2001)

October 2001, four day humanitarian visit to Iraq. Flight, hotel and car paid for by the Mariam Appeal. (Registered 29 October 2001)

May 2001, to Iraq for six days to attend conference. Flight, hotel and car paid for by the Mariam Appeal. (Registered 29 October 2001)

September 2001, to Romania for four days to attend conference. Flight and hotel paid for by the Mariam Appeal. (Registered 29 October 2001)

11-17 November 2001, to Iraq. All costs were met by the Mariam Appeal, an organisation working for the lifting of the embargo on Iraq. (Registered 19 November 2001)

2-5 December 2001, to Abu Dhabi, paid for by the Government of the United Arab Emirates. (Registered 6 December 2001)

27-31 December 2001, to Libya. Four nights’ hotel accommodation paid for by the Academy of Graduates in Tripoli where I gave two speeches. (Registered 7 January 2002)

6-9 January 2002, to Jordan and Iraq. Three nights’ hotel accommodation paid for by the Mariam Appeal. (Registered 16 January 2002)

1-15 October 2002, to Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Beirut, to attend conferences. Flights and hotel accommodation paid for by the Great Britain Iraq Society, of which I am Chairman. (Registered 16 October 2002

7-10 November 2002, to Kiev for a conference on Iraq. Flights paid for by the Great Britain Iraq Society, and the hotel accommodation was provided by the Ukrainian union for friendship with the Iraqi people. (Registered 7 November 2002)

15-17 November 2002, to Madrid. Flights and two nights’ accommodation paid for by the Spanish Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. (Registered 18 November)

7-10 November 2002, to Kiev for a conference on Iraq. Flights paid for by the Great Britain Iraq Society, and the hotel accommodation was provided by the Ukrainian union for friendship with the Iraqi people. (Registered 7 November 2002)

I love the sound of the Ukrainian Union for Friendship with the Iraqi People don’t you? And the mind boggles at the free flowing debate there must have been at the Academy of Graduates in Tripoli

Galloway also travelled to several events as Chairman of the Great Britain-Iraq Society, of which there is little information. But its founding statement gave the (you’ve guessed it) Mariam Appeal as the point of contact.

Update: According to this report: the Mariam Appeal spent around 800,000 pounds on political campaigning while the sick little girl herself got sixty five quid a week.

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