Trump UK ban petition passes 370,000 signatures – BBC News

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A petition calling for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering the UK has assembled more than 370,000 names, so MPs will have to consider debating it.

The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday.

It was posted in response to Mr Trump’s callfor a temporary halt on Muslims entering the United States.

Chancellor George Osborne criticised Mr Trump’s commentaries but rejected calls for him to be banned from the UK.

A counter-petition, set up on Wednesday, saying Mr Trump should not be banned as it would be “totally illogical” has attracted more than 9,000 signatures.

Any petition with more than 100,000 signatures is automatically considered for debate in Parliament.

Mr Trump is attempting the Republican nomination for next year’s US presidential election.

He said on Wednesday he would never leave the 2016 race, despite the volume of calls for him to step aside.

In other developing:

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stripped Mr Trump of his status as a business ambassador for Scotland. Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University has revoked Mr Trump’s honorary degree, which he received in 2010 in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman. One of the Middle East’s largest retail chains, Lifestyle, has withdrawn Donald Trump products from its shelves following his comments. Labour its internal affairs spokesman Jack Dromey and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett have backed the petition to ban Trump from entering the country, with Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston saying project proposals merited “serious discussion” The Home Office has powers to ban speakers from overseas coming to the UK under the “unacceptable behaviours or extremism exclusion policy” Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May said she had omitted “hundreds” of people People banned from entering the UK under the exclusion policy in recent years include leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church, Islamist preachers and Ku Klux Klan officials, and two anti-Muslim bloggers Image caption Labour MP Tulip Siddiq tells Donald Trump is not welcome in the UK following his anti-Muslim commentaries

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