Salma Yaqoob
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Respect leader denies soldier standing ovation 'snub'

The leader of the Respect Party has defended her decision not to take part in a standing ovation for a Royal Marine who was awarded for his bravery in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Matt Croucher was awarded the George Cross during a ceremony in Birmingham, for throwing himself onto a grenade in Helmand in 2008.

Salma Yaqoob, who is a Birmingham councillor, was one of only two people who stayed seated. She told the BBC News Channel that her actions were directed at the other politcians and not Lance Corporal Croucher.

  • 04 Feb 2011