40,000 people sign petition to ban Donald Trump from the UK after anti-Muslim ‘hate speech’

Republican Presidential candidate called for a 'shutdown' of Muslims entering the US

Over 40,000 people have signed a petition seeking to ban Republican Presidential candidate and TV personality Donald Trump from the UK.

Billionaire-turned-politician Trump recently added to an already controversial Presidential campaign by claiming that all Muslims should be banned from entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”. His comments were made following a series of terrorist attacks in both the US and Europe.

Having been widely criticised for his views, the former host of the US version of The Apprentice, who has an estimated net worth of $4.5 billion, now risks being barred from the UK.

A petition set up in response to Trump’s recent remarks reads: “The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK.”

“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.”

So far 42,451 people have signed the petition (correct at time of publishing). Sign the petition here.

Meanwhile, the SNP’s trade and investment spokesperson Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh backed calls for Trump to be banned, saying: “Does what Donald Trump has said amount to hate preaching? I would suggest that it does, given that he has denounced an entire religion”.

Labour MP Jack Dromey has echoed these views, stating: “Donald Trump is a dangerous fool. I do not believe that a man who stirs up religious and racial hatred… should be allowed within 1,000 miles of our shores.”