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George Galloway and David Starkey clash at BBC Question Time at MidKent College in Gillingham

Historian and broadcaster David Starkey and controversial MP George Galloway locked horns on sex crimes, unions and education as the Question Time bandwagon rolled into Gillingham last night.

Chaired as usual by David Dimbleby, the topics began with the naming of people accused of rape following the acquittal earlier in the day of Coronation Street actor William Roache.

Starkey caused uproar, mainly from Galloway, when he suggested the law was 'confused' over how to deal with such matters. Galloway responded "rape is rape".

Other subject included the education system, the Tube strikes and women in politics.

George Galloway
George Galloway

Starkey was rebuked on Twitter for reprimanding a questioner on their use of English in what some commentators described as one of the tamer sessions of Question Time.

Also on the panel were former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, Conservative minister Matthew Hancock and economist Alison Wolf.

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