Is banning Trump from the UK the most popular political cause ever? It looks that way

Here’s which petitions the block Trump petition has trumped

The efficacy of petitions is hard to measure. Many fall by the wayside having attracted few signatures, while often petitioning a government is just one avenue available to put pressure on an administration.

Nonetheless, in 2011, in the wake of the MPs expenses scandal, the coalition government set up a dedicated e-petition system, in order to “build bridges between people and parliament”.

The deal is that any petition that attracts over 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in parliament.

Since its introduction, millions of people in Britain have signed government petitions.

A petition to stop the controversial badger cull in 2013 attracted over 300,000 signatures. In 2012, a petition calling for convicted London rioters to lose all benefits received over 250,000 signatures.

Open petitions at the moment include a few gems. There’s one to get Theresa May to go on patrol with the police for a full set of night shifts that has got almost 16,000 signatures so far. Another is calling for British Army soldiers to be allowed to grow facial hair – apparently it’s allowed in the Navy.


Donald Trump

But the ban Donald Trump petition that is currently open may be the most popular petition ever to hit parliament.

Author JK Rowling described Trump as “worse than Voldemort”, this week, who (though fictional) is a child murderer.

It was all sparked by Trump describing some streets in London as “so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives”.

This was followed by a call for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration to the US.

As such, the British public is increasingly aware of the extent of Trump’s racism, and they don’t like it.

At the time of writing, Block Donald J Trump from UK Entry has won 512,941 signatures.

This puts it ahead of current petitions including:

Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK.

447,442 signatures

Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated.

446,771 signatures

Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal.

233,009 signatures

To debate a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary the Right Hon Jeremy Hunt

227,328 signatures

Stop allowing immigrants into the UK.

210,955 signatures

Vote no confidence in David Cameron

196,147 signatures

It should also be noted that there are petitions that have been set up in defence of Trump, with Don’t Ban Trump from the United Kingdom having attracted almost 29,000 signatures.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • it would seem that the motion to block further Uk muslim immigration is running neck-and-neck with the keep-out-Trump motion: which siumply goes to show that PC lefties arre n't the only ones with an opinion

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  • Anonymous

    @Ian, Just added another vote to stop all immigration into the until ISIS is defeated!

    @Harry Cockburn (reporter)
    Use of the word racist in relation Trump's comment is just stupid and extremely insulting to millions of Muslims who are not of the race you deem that Muslims have to be!

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  • Well said, Ian
    If the petition in support of Trump was promoted as much as the anti one, I suspect the supporters might well be in the majority
    But, with a left-wing agenda in the media and a wet liberal Political class all controlling the agenda, what should we expect?

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