Just under 2,000 Lincoln residents have added their names to a petition calling for the cancellation of US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK.
Over one million people have signed the petition, including almost 10,000 people from the Greater Lincolnshire Region.
More people in Lincoln have signed the petition than any other local authority area in the county.
The petition reads: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
It continues: “Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.”
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said that the petition had not changed the government’s stance on the visit, stressing that the invitation had been extended and accepted.
The government must respond to all petitions which have more than 10,000 signatures.
Any petition that receive more than 100,000 must be considered for a debate at Westminster.
President Trump has sparked outrage among some in the first week of his presidency, especially through his temporary travel ban on those travelling to America from predominantly Muslim countries.
Any visit also threatens to be derailed given Trump’s recent row with Prince Charles over climate change.
See how many people from your area have signed the petition. The figures are correct as of 8.45am on Monday, January 30.
- Lincoln – 1,721
- Sleaford and North Hykeham – 1,223
- Grantham and Stamford – 1,176
- Gainsborough – 975
- Louth and Horncastle – 875
- Cleethorpes – 693
- South Holland and the Deepings – 706
- Brigg and Goole – 652
- Scunthorpe – 623
- Great Grimsby – 587
- Boston and Skegness – 515
Hours before the new president’s inauguration, groups gathered in the centre of Lincoln to protest ‘politics of hate’.
Fiona McKenna, Lincoln Green Party Coordinator, said: “It’s not okay to be prejudice against groups, it’s not okay to talk with hate towards people and it’s not okay to put notes through people’s doors to tell them to ‘go home’.
“Nationally we have seen a rise in hate crimes and it is worrying.”