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British MP denies cash from Iraq

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Galloway: Outspoken critic of war

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LONDON, England -- British politician George Galloway Tuesday denied as "black propaganda" newspaper allegations that he received 375,000 ($590,000) from Saddam Hussein's regime.

The Labour member of Parliament told the BBC he intended to sue the Daily Telegraph for libel, saying: "I have never solicited, nor would I have accepted had I been offered, any financial assistance of any kind from the Iraqi regime.

"This is a pile of black propaganda, intelligence hocus pocus."

The Daily Telegraph reported that a confidential memorandum showed Galloway had asked for a greater cut of Iraq's exports under the oil-for-food program.

Galloway was an outspoken critic of the war on Iraq. In a debate in parliament on February 26 he said: "I do not believe it (the war) will be short and sharp. The consequences of it... the seismic impact of it will disfigure life in this country and around the world for years."

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