Donald Trump's claim that parts of London are "so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives" was roundly condemned by British politicians of all sorts. At the same time, there has been a surge of signatures on the British Parliament's petitions page calling for the Republican frontrunner to be banned from entering the UK.
A petition on the UK Parliament's website calling for Trump to be banned from entering the country attracted more than 100,000 signatures in about a day, making it eligible to be considered for debate in Parliament. "The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry," it says, and calls for Trump to be excluded because of "hate speech".
"If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the 'unacceptable behaviour' criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful," states the petition, which was reportedly drafted by Suzanne Kelly, a woman who opposed Trump's development of a golf course in Aberdeenshire. The petition is getting heavy support from Aberdeenshire and surrounding areas in Scotland, as well as London and other major UK cities, according to a map on the Parliament website.