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UK: Female MPs called to 'empty chair' Trump

A GROUP of Labour's most senior female MPs have vowed to boycott Donald Trump's speech if he is invited to address both Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the UK. Harriet Harman, the former deputy leader of the party, has led calls for female MPs to "empty chair” the President.

She described his views on a range of issues as "appalling” and said the thought of sitting there "smiling and clapping” was "out of the question”.

"I could not be there clapping a man who is a self-confessed groper,” Ms Harman told The Observer. "And on foreign policy he seems to think he can just bully other countries and get his way. That we should sit there smiling and clapping is ... well, for me it is out of the question.”

MPs are due to debate cancelling Trump's official visit to the UK later this year following outrage over his ban on all citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries coming to the US after a petition was signed by nearly two million people. A potential compromise has emerged where Mr Trump may not be allowed to deliver a speech in the medieval hall, the most prestigious part of the Palace of Westminster. He may instead speak at the Royal Gallery in the House of Lords.


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