“Any attempt at a ban of this kind would force Mr Trump to abandon his plans for a further £700 million investment,” said a representative of Trump International Golf Links in a statement. “It is absurd that valuable parliamentary time is being wasted debating a matter raised as part of the American presidential election.”

This sentiment was echoed by Conservative MP Adam Holloway, who said the motion to ban Trump was “embarrassing” to the UK, and made the country look “intolerant and totalitarian.”

His party colleagues agreed that Trump should be free to travel wherever he wishes, but had some choice words for him. “His policy to close borders if he’s elected as president is bonkers, and if he met one or two of my constituents in one of the many excellent pubs in my constituency, then they may well tell him that he is a wazzock [a “stupid or annoying person“] for dealing with this issue in this way,” said Victoria Atkins.

“While I think this man is crazy, while I think this man has no valid points to make, I will not be the one to silence his voice,” said Tom Tugendhat.

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