Labour facing hypocrisy claims as MPs lead protest against Donald Trump

Labour facing hypocrisy claims as MPs lead protest against Donald Trump

The party is also embroiled in a long-running scandal surrounding its failure to deal with anti-Semitism.

Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, said that Labour should be “looking internally” before insulting Mr Trump, adding: “Maybe this is a diversion tactic to take attention away from their failures”.

He said: “These protests show that the Labour party are not fit to be in Government, where they would have to deal with our closest ally. President Trump is a duly elected President and they have shown themselves to be immature. This is student politics.”

He added that it was offensive that the Labour leadership has held hold meeting with controversial foreign leaders but are protesting against the US president, adding: “It is hypocrisy at the highest level”.

Meetings between Mrs May and Mr Trump on Tuesday could also prove rocky as the President is expected to warn that the UK’s security relationship with the US will be compromised if it proceeds with Huawei contract.

The US ambassador Woody Johnson said that the Chinese telecoms company being allowed to bid for 5G contracts is a “big risk” and the effect on US-UK intelligence sharing is “to be determined”.

Mr Trump is also said to be prepared to challenge his counterpart over Britain’s role in the investigation into his election campaign’s ties to Russia.  

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