Sadiq Khan defends Trump baby blimp protest near parliament

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

Demonstrators will assemble outside the BBC building in Portland Place at 2pm on Friday and march to Trafalgar Square for a rally.

Meanwhile, Theresa May's government is nervously anticipating disruption from the guest himself. Mr Trump has described the United Kingdom as a place in "turmoil". "I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him".

This will exhibit the UK's military discipline and "integrated United States military training".

British law requires any petition supported by more than 100,000 people to be considered for parliamentary debate, even though there was no serious attempt to prohibit Trump from coming to Britain.

The reason: demonstrations are planned against President Donald Trump, in London, as well as Windsor, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and the west coast of Scotland, where Trump has a golf course.

Trump is not expected to spend time in central London. From there his meetings with Mrs May will be at her country home, Chequers, which offers a "more informal setting", according to a Downing Street spokesman.

The Stop Trump Coalition accused the president of being "too scared to face protestors".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under fire for his approval of a blimp featuring US President Donald Trump dressed as a baby.

Image copyright Andrew Aitchison Image caption Campaigners raised nearly £18,000 to pay for the six-metre high inflatable Trump baby What are the security arrangements? He is expected to visit the US Ambassador in Regent's Park.

Mr Khan defended the blimp baby: "There are two issues; one is the freedom to protest and the right to free speech and the second is our issues on President Trump". The issue is 'Do they have freedom to protest, freedom to assemble and should they be allowed to do so?' "The mayor of London should be ashamed of himself".

Scotland Yard said it has specialist plans in place to ensure the event will be secure and said in a statement: "We are preparing for a multi-faceted policing and security operation, involving the protection and movement of the president".

May reached out to him just days after Trump was inaugurated, extending the invitation for a coveted state visit that would be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but that gesture has proved far more controversial than expected as Trump has shown little interest in maintaining "diplomacy as usual" with European allies.

For protesters in Edinburgh they have a particularly varied day to look forward to.

But there will still be other anti-Trump events going on around the city, if you want to eyeball the action.