Mayor tells Prime Minister that Trump not welcome in Tower Hamlets
President Donald Trump should not be allowed to visit London until he has reversed and apologised for his policies which unfairly ban people from predominantly Muslim countries, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets has said.
The Mayor pointed to Tower Hamlets’ long standing pledge that the borough has “No Place for Hate” saying that until President Trump renounced his “divisive” views the borough would have “No Place for Trump”.
Writing to the Prime Minister about the potential state visit by the President later this year, Mayor John Biggs said:
“From the Blackshirts and the Battle of Cable St 80 years ago to the all too recent Britain First and EDL rallies, many hate filled groups have sought to sow discontent in our borough. They are all groups who, like Mr Trump, seek to demonise entire communities on the basis of their race, religion or ethnicity. We have opposed them all as we will oppose any other who seeks to divide us.
“Whatever you decide I write to ask that any visit from Mr Trump skips Tower Hamlets. Whilst you might think it acceptable to give him the royal treatment, we stick by our beliefs and we have ‘No Place for Hate.’”
Commenting further on President Trump’s potential visit Mayor John Biggs said:
“In the East End we know how to stand up to those who peddle hate, division and bigoted views. The Prime Minister should take our lead and withdraw the offer of a state visit until President Trump accepts we will not support showing respect to someone who does not respect others.
“In Tower Hamlets we have a vibrant multi-cultural community and we are the better and stronger for it. Trump’s policies of division will achieve nothing but breed more hatred and anger.
“I have written to the Prime Minister to make clear that Tower Hamlets has absolutely No Place for Hate. Until he renounces and apologises for his policies unfairly targeting Muslims and refugees that means Tower Hamlets has absolutely No Place for Trump."