Donald Trump was widely criticised for saying Muslims should be banned from entering the US [Image: Rick Friedman/rickfriedman.com/Corbis].


The Conservative Government seems to be playing ‘fast and loose’ with Parliament’s e-petitions service again.

Alongside a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK after he said Muslims should be refused entry to the US, MPs will debate another petition, opposing such a ban.

If the government supports the latter petition, which won only 40,000 signatures, over the former, which benefits from more than 560,000, the Conservative Party will be signalling its contempt for democracy once again.

MPs are to debate calls for the US presidential candidate Donald Trump to be banned from the UK following his controversial comments about Muslims, after more than half a million people signed a petition.

The government signalled last month that it would not refuse Trump entry after he was widely criticised for saying that Muslims should be banned from entering the US.

However, the call for the sanction to be imposed on the businessman will now at least have a hearing in parliament after the House of Commons petitions committee announced on Tuesday that it was scheduling a session in Westminster Hall on 18 January.

More than 560,000 people have signed the petition demanding the billionaire businessman be barred. Politicians will also discuss a separate petition opposing such a ban, even though it only gained about 40,000 signatures – well below the 100,000 threshold for triggering a debate.

Trump, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination in the US, faced an international backlash last month after urging a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

Source: MPs to debate banning Donald Trump from UK | US news | The Guardian

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