Labour says Trump does not deserve such special honours – The Guardian

Labour says Trump does not deserve such special honours - The Guardian

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Speaking before a mass demonstration in London on Tuesday, which will be addressed by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, Thornberry said: A state visit is an honour and we dont think this president deserves an honour.

The truth is he has tried to close borders with Muslim-majority countries, he is caging small Mexican children, he has grabbed women and boasted about it. He is a sexual predator, he is a racist and its right to say that – we need to think about when is it our country got so scared? she told BBC Radio 4s Today programme.

Protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter – a day after Amnesty International unfurled five banners on Vauxhall Bridge in view of the US embassy.

Thornberry said Corbyns attendance at a state banquet for the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, was a different situation.

Demonstrators shouted expletives as Mr Trump passed the blimp in his limousine The Beast on the way to meet Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street – with up to 250,000 people expected at a carnival of resistance.

When you have a close friend and theyre going wrong, you are more likely to be adamant with them and clearer with them than someone who has not been as close a friend and someone you are trying to build a relationship up with, she said.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has let the coalition of hard-Left activists and campaigners lampoon Mr Trump with an 16ft robot tweeting on a gold toilet and a 20ft baby blimp which also appeared during his previous visit in July 2018.

Thornberry, speaking earlier on ITVs Good Morning Britain, said Labour would not refuse to engage with Trump, but would do so without pomp and ceremony.

But a protest outside Buckingham Palace promising to wreck a royal banquet hosted in Mr Trumps honour last night was a damp squib and attracted just 300 supporters who chanted Donald Trumps not welcome here.

When I become foreign secretary, I hope that what he will respect and understand is a certain amount of strength and an ability to be able to say what it is that you think, and not be bullied and kowtowed and shouted over. And say Britain is a friend of a America, you are going wrong, she said.

Protesters hope to paralyse parts of London in protest at the visit after laying on coaches to bring thousands of supporters to the capital amid claims of a huge march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

The shadow foreign secretary called the governments attitude pusillanimous, its too weak, it doesnt stand up to him, and said the president undermines the world order in a hugely risky way.

Demonstrators from the Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump groups have congregated for a rally also featuring a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who snubbed last nights state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Thornberry said she had written to Buckingham Palace to pre-emptively decline an invitation to the state dinner hosted by the Queen at the palace on Monday night, which Corbyn also declined to attend.

I didnt want to embarrass the palace by them sending an invitation and me saying no. So I wrote and pre-empted it, she said.

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The Queen invited the president over on the advice of the prime minister. That advice was wrong. Im not saying that he should not come and have business meetings, Im not saying we shouldnt talk to him, but the things I want to say to President Trump I probably shouldnt say in front of Her Majesty. We would end up having an argument.

In refusing to come out for a confirmatory referendum as the primary aim of Brexit policy, Jeremy Corbyn, and his 4M allies – Len McCluskey, Karie Murphy, Seumas Milne and Andrew Murray – have signalled they would not want to turn their backs on Labour's traditional working class voters, many of whom were Brexiters, and did not wish Labour to become the party of the lefty London middle classes.

A huge police and security operation was under way on Tuesday morning, with protesters barred from demonstrating directly outside Downing Street and road closures in place.

Here is the point. On my show last week, McCluskey praised Corbyn for being a unique political leader endeavouring to serve the interests of both Remainers and Leavers (even if the nation as a whole did not seem to register its awareness and gratitude in EU elections that saw Labour's share of the vote slump to 14%).

Organisers of the Together Against Trump protest have billed the day as a carnival of resistance, with demonstrators gathering at Trafalgar Square from 11am to declare a Trump-free zone.

But I am saying Corbyn is not doing himself any favours with those working class voters he claims to so desperately wish to retain in the Labour fold, and on whose behalf he refuses to recast Labour as the Referendum and Remain Party.

Demonstrators will not be permitted to march past Downing Street, as part of Whitehall will be closed off, the Metropolitan police confirmed on Monday afternoon. Organisers had initially planned to demonstrate outside the entrance to Downing Street as Trump held talks at No 10.

In fact, it is possible to see traditional Labour voters' preference for the UK to maintain strong bonds with America as the flip side of their mistrust of the EU – with these North Atlantic leanings in part a legacy of WW2.

Theresa May, who is hosting the US president as one of the final acts of her premiership, will not hold a one-on-one bilateral meeting with him, but will host Trump in Downing Street on Tuesday for a series of events, including a press conference later in the afternoon.

So it is a bit confusing that Labour's leader has chosen not only to boycott the state banquet for Donald Trump tonight, but tomorrow he'll be the most important speaker at the anti-Trump rally.

She will insist the relationship between the US and the UK is a great partnership, but one I believe we can make greater still.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not saying Corbyn is right or wrong to put himself at the vanguard of those incensed that Trump is here.

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The two leaders will jointly host a business breakfast with US and UK companies, highlighting the claimed benefits of a post-Brexit bilateral free-trade deal. Trump has tweeted that a big trade deal is possible once UK gets rid of the shackles [of the EU].

Because in being the figurehead for the anti-Trump movement Corbyn is playing explicitly to the metropolitan middle class gallery.

About 250,000 anti-Trump activists gathered when he flew into the UK in July last year for his first visit as US president.

Protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter.

MPs have urged the party to make its complaints procedure entirely independent to avoid accusations of factionalism in dealing with complaints of harassment or racism and antisemitism. The MPs Jess Philips and Stella Creasy have said the party must carve off its complaints arm, rather than use the current system where the bodies making final decisions about the complaints can be elected on factional slates.

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Home UK World Politics US Ocean Rescue Science & Tech Business Ents & Arts Offbeat Analysis Opinion Sky Views Videos Weather Watch Live Corbyn to join anti-Trump protesters after snubbing state banquet Thousands of officers will be deployed in London as people protest the state visit, which will be addressed by the Labour leader. By Mark White, home affairs correspondent  

In the letter, first reported by the Times, they wrote: Working in politics isnt easy, and many of us choose to give up our personal lives for Labour because we believe it is the best force for good in our country. What makes the job even more challenging than it should be is having to work in an environment where sexual harassment and bullying are not taken seriously.

image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will join thousands of anti-Trump protesters on the streets of central London today, as Scotland Yards Commissioner warns her officers will take firm action against any protesters who break the law.

Mr Corbyn, who snubbed last nights state dinner at Buckingham Palace, said he wanted to show solidarity with demonstrators and planned to address the protest.

We should, and can, lead the way in challenging and eradicating sexual harassment and bullying in work environments. The decision to write this letter does not come easily, but believing in a political party sometimes means having to ask uncomfortable questions.

A huge police and security operation is in place for the US Presidents three-day trip and severe restrictions have been placed on areas where Mr Trump will visit, preventing the public from getting too close.

We do not comment on individual staffing matters. As an employer, the Labour party takes disciplinary and grievance matters extremely seriously and follows protocol as directed by the Acas [conciliation service] code of practice.

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Last year, almost 10,000 officers were deployed for Mr Trumps trip to the UK, with nearly every force in the country providing staff to support the operation.

The perception can no longer be that your connections within the party will determine whether complaints against you will be pursued or not. We want to see Labour in government, but we need to get our house in order first.

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This years state visit is even bigger, as the Metropolitan Police said it had “a very experienced command team” leading the operation.

Clarity, consistency and transparency must be put at the forefront of the complaints process so that all sides feel confident that investigations will be conducted free from political interference, the letter went on.

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Wherever the US President goes, there is always a well-rehearsed security plan and US secret service agents have been mingling with their British policing colleagues and members of the public.

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But Skys policing analyst Graham Wettone said the addition of large numbers of protesters makes events much more unpredictable.

This is a man who has been on more protests than hes had hot dinners (although admittedly its not many hot dinners if you remember his first wife complaining he ate cold baked beans from the tin).

“The difficulty is, youve got a huge a security operation, but you dont really know what the protesters and demonstrators are going to do. If they decide to do something that isnt either known about or authorities are aware of, that makes it really complex for the police to respond and react to that,” he said.

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Protesters are again hoping to fly the Donald Trump blimp, which depicts the American leader as a giant yellow baby.

Supporters of Human Rights charity Amnesty will also unfurl five giant banners from Vauxhall Bridge, facing the US embassy, saying “Resist sexism”, “Resist racism”, “Resist hate”, “Resist cruelty” and “Resist Trump”.

It perhaps shouldnt come as a surprise that Jeremy Corbyn is more comfortable outside on a protest than inside the pomp of Donald Trumps state visit.

In Finsbury Park, north London, organisers of todays No To Trump rally said that many people had expressed interest in attending.

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Organiser Terina Hine said: “He has torn up the Iran nuclear deal, an international trade treaty, hes threatened war with Iran, hes a threat to world peace, the list is endless.

“The government is currently rolling out the red carpet to Donald Trump and we think that as a racist, misogynist, warmonger, that this should not be the case.

“I think the vast majority of people in the UK dont support Donald Trumps politics. We had thousands of people out there on the streets of London the last time he visited, so hopefully there will be even more on the streets this time round.”

Jeremy Corbyn to speak at anti-Donald Trump rally as cops warn of crackdown on protestors

A look at the day of pomp and ceremony for President Trump Ed Epstein, a tourist from Seattle, joined several thousand outside Buckingham as the President arrived on Monday.

“He represents the United States of America. And while I may be dismayed at what he says sometimes and I wish he would stay on script, I still support many of the things that hes doing.”

Scotland Yard said officers met organisers of the Together Against Trump protest, who plan to gather in Trafalgar Square this morning.

The force will agree a route with the demonstrators, allowing them part way down Whitehall, but they will be kept well back from the gates to Downing Street when the Presidents motorcade arrives there.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the force would be “firm” with protesters who break the law.

She said: “We take our role really seriously, on the one hand to keep safe the visiting head of state and their entourage and everybody connected with it, and of course our own royal family, and on the other hand in a liberal democracy like ours to ensure that if people wish to protest lawfully they can do so without crime, and do so safely.

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“We will be pretty firm if protesters are intending to try to protest in a way which is unlawful, and very, very firm if anybody wants to do anything which might in any way endanger security.”

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