Labour Councillors are calling on Westminster Council to block President Donald Trump's planned state visit - and a petition has also been created asking the Council not to co-operate with the government on the visit.
Westminster Labour Group leader Adam Hug has written to the Leader of the Council and its Chief Executive asking them to block the proposed state visit by President Trump by withholding council co-operation in planning and managing the event - unless the US President reverses a visa ban that could prevent over 10,000 Westminster residents from entering the United States.
"This is not just a state visit by a head of state or government with whose views we disagree; it is someone who is making a direct attack on the freedoms of a significant number of Westminster residents," wrote Adam Hug. "Therefore Westminster Council must not use its resources or taxpayers’ money to facilitate a state visit by President Trump whilst this ban remains in place."
Any state visit by Trump is likely to comprise visits to 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and other Westminster landmarks and would normally be supported by the Council’s ‘special events’ and transport teams. Withholding such support, therefore, would make the visit difficult to proceed.
In addition, Pimlico & St James's branch Vice Chair Andrea Mann has created a petition on the Westminster Council website asking the Council to withdraw its co-operation with the government over Trump's visit.
Read the full letter from Adam Hug to the council leadership and if you work, live or study in Westminster, please sign the petition.