George Galloway is writing a series of children's books about an 'ethical pirate'

George Galloway is publishing his own series of children’s books (Picture: REX Features)

Former Respect MP George Galloway has announced that he’s signed a deal to write a series of children’s books.

Posting on Twitter, the former MP for Bradford West revealed that he had penned a deal to author a series entitled ‘Red Molucca the Good Pirate.’

The books will be illustrated by English artist Joe Cook, but Galloway gave no information on the identity of the publisher.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Just signed a publishing deal for a children’s book series written by me illustrated by @JoeCookNow called ‘Red Molucca The Good Pirate.’

When asked when the book will be released, he replied: ‘This year, God willing.’

Describing the plot, he told the BBC that the titular pirate would be a world away from swashbuckling, rum-swigging stereotypes.

He said: ‘Enter an ethical pirate, Red Molucca. A husband and father whose family (and dog) pirate alongside him. A kind of Robin Hood of the high seas.’

The 62-year-old, who was ousted as MP for Bradford West in 2015, will join the hugely populated ranks of celebrities turned children authors – including David Walliams, Ricky Gervais and former Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy.

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He has also previously released adult books, entitled ‘I’m Not The Only One’, ‘Fidel Castro Handbook’ and ‘Mr Galloway Goes to Washington’.

Before the leader of the now-defunct Respect Party, Mr Galloway was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 after he was accused of calling on foreign troops to attack British soldiers in Iraq.

He also attracted controversy and ridicule in 2005 after appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, where he went on all fours, purring and pretending to lick cream from the hands of actress Rula Lenska.


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