Salma Yaqoob, until now leader of the Respect Party, has just announced that she has left the party. Although her statement does not refer directly to George Galloway’s recent comments, it speaks of a breakdown of trust and collaborative working. Coming so soon after the withdrawal of Kate Hudson as parliamentary candidate in Manchester Central, it is hard to see how Respect can survive as anything like a national party. Salma Yaqoob’s statement reads as follows:
It is with deep regret that I have decided to resign from Respect. The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for everyone in the party. I feel necessary relations of trust and collaborative working have unfortunately broken down. I have no wish to prolong those difficulties, and indeed hope that they may now be drawn to a close.
I remain committed to the principles and values that led me to help found Respect. The policies we have fought for need to be voiced as loud as ever in opposition to a political establishment that remains out of touch with working people.
I would like to thank everyone in the party for their support over the years; I wish everyone the very best for the future and in those common struggles for peace, justice and equality that I am sure we will all continue to be involved in.