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Donald Trump: Parliament to debate whether to ban controversial billionaire from UK

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Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach on 16/01/16. Credit: Reuters

MPs are to debate calls to ban US presidential hopeful Donald Trump from Britain.

The billionaire provoked widespread anger after he demanded a block on Muslims entering the US and claimed parts of London were "so radicalised" that police were "afraid for their own lives".

More than 570,000 have signed a petition asking the UK Government to prevent Mr Trump accessing the country, noting action against "hate speech" must take place regardless of a person's wealth or power.

Three hours have been allocated in Westminster Hall for the debate, which will be led by Labour's Paul Flynn.

The MP for Newport West said he intends to pay a "heartfelt tribute" to the US as the "home of democracy" and will seek to represent the "anger of petitioners" over Mr Trump's views on Mexicans, Muslims, global warming and guns.

But Mr Flynn, writing ahead of the debate on his website, added:

I will question whether a ban would be possible or perhaps counter-productive in bestowing victim-hood on Mr Trump that could advantage him in the opinion of Americans.

– PAUL FLYNN MP

Prime Minister David Cameron has also previously spoken against a ban while Cabinet minister Chris Grayling warned giving Mr Trump the "oxygen of publicity" helps rather than hinders him.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is also not in favour of a ban, adding he wanted to take Mr Trump to a mosque.

The Islington North MP told BBC One's Andrew Marr show on Sunday:

I think Donald Trump has some weird and frankly off-the-wall views.

I was asked about this some while ago and I decided to invite Donald Trump on his visit to Britain to come with me to my constituency because he has problems with Mexicans and he has problems with Muslims.

As you know, my wife is Mexican and my constituency is very, very multi-cultural so what I was going to do was go down to the mosque with him and let him talk to people there.

– JEREMY CORBYN MP

Mr Corbyn added: "I don't think you should ban people coming to Britain on that basis. I think he should come here, have a lesson in going to all our cities."

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