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Petition Calls On U.K. Parliament To Discuss Whether To Ban Presidential Candidate Donald Trump From The Country For His ‘Hate Speech’

by Diana Tomale / Jan 20, 2016 04:13 PM EST
British Parliament discussed whether to ban presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the U.K. for his remarks towards Muslims. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The U.K. Parliament was urged to debate whether to ban Donald Trump from the country after a petition collected more than 500,000 signatories. Some Members of Parliament denounced the presidential hopeful for his remarks towards Muslims, which they branded as "hate speech," The Washington Post reported Monday.

Although the authority to ban someone from entering the country lies with the home secretary, the British Parliamentary has somehow contributed to the U.S. politics through the unusual argument.

"Hate crime is being inflamed and stoked by the words that Donald Trump is using," said Tulip Siddiq, as noted by Time on Monday.

The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn added, "I draw the line of freedom of speech when it actually invites violent ideology, which is what I feel is happening."

"His words are not comical. His words are not funny. His words are poisonous. They risk inflaming tensions between vulnerable communities."

Conservative member Edward Leigh of Gainsborough said Trump's strategy is to stir up controversy in order to catch attention.

"His entire style of politics is to stoke controversy and say outrageous things," said Leigh. "Lavishing him with attention, even if our intent is to condemn or deride, is only falling into the trap he has set for us."

CNN reported Tuesday that the petition to ban Trump from entering the UK was launched by freelance journalist and activist, Suzanne Kelly in December. Reports revealed that any petition that collects over 100,000 signatures will be considered by the U.K. Parliament.

On the other hand, Conservative member Philip Davies said he applauds Trump's political approach.

"In the race to become the next president, he's been gaining support with a political manner that can be described as blunt directness," said Davies.

He added, "He is definitely straight-talking, and as a Yorkshireman I certainly applaud him for that, too. In fact, I think in this country we could do with rather less political correctness and much more straight-talking across the board, and I think many of our constituents would agree."

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