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George Galloway, 65, welcomes a baby girl with wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, 35 

George Galloway has welcomed his sixth child, after his wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwim gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday.

The former MP, 65, took to Twitter to announce his daughter's and revealed both Putri, 34, and their bundle of joy were doing well.

This is George and Putri's third child together since they married in 2012, as he's also dad to three children from his previous marriages.

Baby news: George Galloway has welcomed his sixth child, after his wife Putri Gayatri Pertiwim gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday

George tweeted: 'We are delighted to announce the natural home-birth of our third child -a girl - at 1.41am -8lbs 6oz. 

'Mother and baby are both doing well. Pictures later! She has three brothers and two sisters by the grace of God. Huge thanks to the truly wonderful midwives Karen and Lucy.'

In March George announced that he and Putri were expecting their third child together, tweeting: 'By the Grace of God there should be another New Galloway along in the summer. 

'By His Grace @gayatrigalloway and I are expecting our third child (my sixth) and we are truly grateful.'

George married Putri an anthropologist, in a hotel in Amsterdam in April 2012.

She is a Dutch-born researcher of Indonesian heritage who took a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Utrecht.

From 1979 to 1999, George was married to his former teenage sweetheart, Elaine Fyffe. They had a daughter, Lucy, and separated in 1987 but did not divorce for a further 12 years.

The politician had already taken Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, a Palestinian scientist, as a second wife in a Muslim ceremony in 1994. A year after his divorce from Elaine in 1999, he married Amineh in a civil ceremony.

In 2009 Amineh obtained an uncontested divorce citing unreasonable behaviour. In divorce papers she said the marriage had irretrievably broken down because his friendships with other women left her depressed.

By this time Galloway already had a son, Zein, with his Lebanese former researcher, Rima Husseini, whom he had married in a Muslim ceremony in 2005.

Speaking after his fifth child was born in 2017, George said he wanted his family to keep growing.

He said: 'It used to be the tradition of Irish Catholic immigrants to have six children, so I'm not stopping here.

'As long as God gives me breath - and energy - there will be more. It's the best thing that ever happened to me.

'There's nothing that keeps you young like your children climbing over your face in the morning to wake you up. It's life-enhancing.'

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