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3,564 locals sign anti-Trump petition
but not MP Fiona MacTaggart

Disappointment MP not protesting about Trump's bad conduct towards women

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
The House of Commons as John Bercow begins to criticise Donald Trump

The public are unhappy with Donald Trump's conduct towards immigrants, women, judges and law-and-order.

1,851,453 people have signed the nationwide Parliamentary petition objecting to Donald Trump's Royal Visit to the UK.

Slough's multi-millionairess MP Fiona MacTaggart has not signed a special MPs-only version started by 6 Labour MPs.

The House of Commons Speaker objects

Maidenhead MP Theresa May, the Conservative Party's prime minister, invited Donald Trump on a Royal State Visit to the UK - without bothering to get the Queen's approval or even mentioning it to the Queen.

Mrs May, whom some say pretends to be another Margaret Thatcher whilst behaving like a tame and obedient Donald Trump poodle, wants her master, President Donald Trump, to be treated like royalty, so it seems, on his visit to the UK later this year.

On Monday 6 February, the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, spoke out publicly against USA President Donald Trump's conduct. His words echoed the thoughts of many hundreds of millions of decent citizens throughout the world.

Mr Bercow said:

An address by a foreign leader to both Houses of Parliament is not an automatic right; it is an earned honour.

I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall, but after the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump, I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.

I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery.

I conclude by saying to the honourable Gentleman that we value our relationship with the United States..... However, as far as this place is concerned, I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.

The Public Petition

As it is impossible to stop Theresa May inviting her friend Donald Trump on a visit, many citizens think the Queen should not be forced to entertain Mr Trump and his family.

Concerned citizen Graham Guest started a public petition which reads:

Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.

Donald Trump's well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.

So far, 3,564 Slough people have signed; 3,265 in Windsor, 3,009 in South Bucks and 3,515 in Maidenhead. The national total is currently 1,851,468 signatures.

The House of Commons will debate the petition on Monday, 20 February.

The petition can still be signed at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928

Members of Parliament's own petition

A special type of petition available only to MPs is called An Early Day Motion ('EDM').

EDM 890 started by 6 Labour MPs states

That this House deplores recent actions taken by US President Donald J Trump, including his Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees, and notably his comments on torture and women; notes the historical significance and honour that comes with an invitation to address both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall or elsewhere in the Palace of Westminster; and calls on the Speaker, Lord Speaker, Black Rod and Serjeant at Arms to withhold permission from the Government for an address to be made in Westminster Hall, or elsewhere in the Palace of Westminster, by President Trump.

Disappointingly Slough's rich multi-millionairess Fiona MacTaggart has not signed.

An Internet web site forebears.co.uk asserts Donald Trump - despite his apparent dislike of immigrants - is the son of two immigrants - his Scottish mother and his German father.

If Slough's MP's public image of defending women (from men) and caring for immigrants and refugees is accurate, then her failure to sign the Early Day Motion is puzzling. One does not have to be a Member of Parliament to know many of Mr Trump's actions are bad and wrong.

It is alleged, but denied by her staff, that Fiona MacTaggart is retiring from the House of Commons in 2020 and awaits a place in the House of Lords as Lady MacTaggart of [a Scottish location]. Scottish MPs have criticise Donald Trump's behaviour so what is stopping Fiona doing the same ?