Commission silent over Sunday Times report on Galloway

The Charity Commission has refused to comment on a newspaper report that it intends to censure the former Labour MP George Galloway over the use of funds raised by his Mariam Appeal.

The commission is conducting an inquiry into whether the £1m raised by the appeal, named after an Iraqi girl suffering from leukaemia, was used in accordance with its rules.

The Sunday Times said the commission will criticise the MP after concluding that the funds raised were charitable, but that not all of them were used for charitable purposes.

Galloway, who is now Independent MP for Glasgow Kelvin, has maintained that the fund was always intended to be a political campaign rather than a charity.

He opposed UN sanctions against Iraq before the US-led invasion last year.

A commission spokeswoman said: "We have not issued an update about the inquiry and have no further comment."

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