17/09/2014 03:44 BST | Updated 17/09/2014 04:59 BST

George Galloway Sent Death Threat At Houses Of Parliament Sparking Police Investigation

British Member of Parliament George Galloway gives an interview to a television station, as anti-war protesters demonstrate outside the Iraq Inquiry, as former British Prime Minster Tony Blair gives evidence, London , Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. Blair acknowledged Friday that Saddam Hussein didn't become a bigger threat after Sept. 11, but said his perception of the risk posed by terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction was dramatically changed by the attacks. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

A police investigation has been launched after a death threat aimed at controversial MP George Galloway was sent to the Houses of Parliament.

Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command following the receipt of the letter on Monday.

According to a source, the letter included a threat that the Respect Party MP would "die from a deadly virus".

Scotland Yard said the letter was being treated as "malicious communications" but the force did not name the MP it was intended for.

A Met police spokesman said: "Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Met's Counter Terrorism Command on Monday, September 15 following the receipt of a letter intended for a member of the House of Commons. This letter is being treated as malicious communications.

"No arrests have been made. Inquries are ongoing."


Writing on Twitter, Mr Galloway said he was grateful to police and staff in the post room at Parliament who were "the ones endangered".

He later added that the package was "not connected to Scotland" ahead of the referendum on independence and that it was now with forensics.

"I can't say much more obvious reasons," he wrote.

On Monday the pro-Palestine MP for Bradford West was speaking at a No campaign rally in Glasgow ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Galloway claimed he was threatened at the rally after being heckled from protesters.

He was reported to have said: "In the last 30 minutes I have been told I am going to face a bullet."

Last month Galloway was badly injured after he was attacked in the street in Notting Hill, west London.

Galloway: Respect MP tweeted a photo of his bruises

He had earlier been interviewed by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israel-free zone.

Recently defending his comments, Galloway said: "I don’t have a racist bone in my body."

"The Zionist apartheid state of Israel is a political construct," he said. "It has nothing to do with hating people, still less hating a religion.”