Better Charles Kennedy drunk than Nick Clegg sober...— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) June 3, 2015
George Galloway has attracted criticism after posting an insensitive tweet about Charles Kennedy just a day after his death was revealed.
The former MP for Bradford West, who lost his seat in the recent General Election, tweeted: “Better Charles Kennedy drunk than Nick Clegg sober…”
In 2006, Kennedy announced that he was receiving treatment for problems with alcohol and called a leadership election for the Liberal Democrats.
Galloway’s tweeted immediately received a barrage of criticism…
@georgegalloway too soon— John Purchase (@silverginger13) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway a bit rough George. Death is the equal of us all— Birdseye Kite Photo. (@BirdseyeKite) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway RIP Charles Kennedy - The Good dies Young. He single handedly Propelled LibDem into Success & many seats in Parliament— Ossie Osman (@Ossiewolfie) June 3, 2015
— Mac (@SafehandsMcKay) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway better Galloway six feet under than....... Well most other things really. Shame there won't be a glowing obituary for you— MrGBath (@MrGBath) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway Mans hardly cold George, bit early for scoring him against those other twats.— Birdseye Kite Photo. (@BirdseyeKite) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway Wow, unbelievably disrespectful. You're not half the politician Charles Kennedy was.— Gillian Kennedy, PhD (@GillKenne) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway your insensitivity to his family is appalling— Nick Drake-Knight (@NDKgroup) June 3, 2015
@georgegalloway Classy. As ever.— Martin Collinson (@redskinsfanuk) June 3, 2015
Shameful statement from grotesque @georgegalloway on Charles Kennedy. Deeply insensitive, ungracious & wrong. Glad GG is out of parliament!— Gary Spedding (@GarySpedding) June 3, 2015
After the predictable stream of criticism, Galloway attempted to try to justify his comments...
@DannySkeff it is no joke. Even drunk Charles Kennedy was a far greater man than Nick Clegg sober— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) June 3, 2015
Kennedy's death is not believed to be suspicious and the cause has yet to be confirmed.
He was found dead at his cottage in Fort William yesterday.
Alex Salmond also found himself in hot water yesterday over comments made about the former Lib Dem leader.
The ex-SNP leader said that he did not think Charles Kennedy's "heart was in the ‘Better Together’ campaign" that won the Scottish independence referendum.
He later defended the comments, saying: "First and for the record I have made no claim whatsoever that Charles Kennedy was either a Yes or an SNP supporter. He was not. He was a committed federalist all of his political career.
He added: "I only mentioned the Better Together campaign at all because I was asked a direct question about it. As early as the beginning of last year Charles was one of the first unionist politicians to realise that the result would be close and said publicly that he felt that the actions of the No campaign were contributing to this."