Jeremy Corbyn has invited presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to join him on a visit to a mosque in his constituency.
Talking on The Andrew Marr Show, the Labour leader said: “I decided to invite Donald Trump on his visit to Britain to come with me to my constituency because he has problems with Mexicans and he has problems with Muslims”.
“As you know, my wife is Mexican and my constituency is very, very multicultural so what I was going to do was go down to the mosque with him and let him talk to people there,” he added.
Since Trump called for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, a petition calling for the Republican candidate to be prohibited from entering the UK has garnered over 570,000 signatures.
On Monday, MPs will hold a debate in the House of Commons over whether Trump should indeed be banned from Britain.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Corbyn has made it clear he does not believe the billionaire businessman should be forbidden from entering the UK.
“No, I don’t think we should ban people coming to Britain on that basis. I think he should come here and have a lesson in going to all our cities,” he said. “Why can't he go to Leicester, why can’t he go to Birmingham, why can’t he go to Newcastle, and see that we do have great diversity within our society?
“Take a walk around central Manchester, take a walk around any of our cities, understand that yeah we’ve got problems in Britain but we’ve also got a great community, great society, and great cohesion. He might learn something, you never know”.
Trump’s comments about cultural cohesion in the UK have been condemned by senior British political figures, including London’s Mayor Boris Johnson who said, "Donald Trump's ill informed comments are complete and utter nonsense".
The presidential forerunner claimed that, “We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives. We have to be very smart and very vigilant.”Reuse content