I am angry for all of us, Muslim and non-Muslim, that this dreadful man is daring to try to spread his hate around the world.
On Friday it was Holocaust Memorial Day. I signed the book of remembrance for the Holocaust the previous week in Parliament because it is essential all politicians show leadership against the hatred and bigotry which led to the Holocaust. For every time a non-Jew turned away from the discrimination against Jews this helped build the path towards the extermination of six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of Gypsies and gay people.
Trump is saying that people from selected Muslim countries (but by no means all) aren’t welcome in the US. He is behaving as if women are lesser beings. He is building walls, when bridges are what this world needs.
I don’t agree with banning him from our country – that’s stooping to his level.
But there should be no state visit while this ban is in force. And if he decides to visit we must show him what we think of him.
I therefore join other parliamentarians in calling for the state visit to be postponed.
I will be in Parliament today so I can’t be here for the demo in Bristol. But be assured if the state visit does go ahead and he turns up to address Parliament, my colleagues and I will show him what we think of his vile ideology.
I hope the demo goes well and I will be with you all in spirit.
Thank you all for being Bristol. We love, not hate.