Monday 30 January 2017 / 5:56 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Jeremy Corbyn letter to Theresa May calling for her to withdraw offer of State Visit to Donald Trump

Jeremy
Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party
, calling on Theresa May to withdraw her
offer to Donald Trump of a State Visit, said:

“Let
no one be in doubt that I will oppose, and the Labour Party will oppose, all
those who fan the flames of fear at home and abroad.

“I
support the demand of millions of British people: Donald Trump should not be
welcomed on a state visit to this country while he continues to propagate his
anti-women, anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican policies.

“This
world defeated segregation, we defeated Apartheid and we will defeat this nasty
policy created to sow division and hatred.

“His
invite should be withdrawn until the executive orders are gone and every
element of them repealed.

“History
judges us by the actions we take in opposing oppression.

“I
am proud that during the 1980s and 1990s I stood with Labour party members,
trade unionists and faith leaders opposing the racist regime of South Africa.

“I
was there on the day Margret Thatcher opened her door to P.W. Botha while
Nelson Mandela languished in a prison cell.

“Margaret
Thatcher and the Conservative Party were on the wrong side of history then just
as Theresa May and her Conservative Party are on the wrong side of history
today.

“The
Labour party stands unequivocally with those demonstrating today and will do so
until we are victorious.

“I
have written to Theresa May to demand that she withdraws her offer to Donald
Trump of a State Visit.”