Day: November 30, 2017

OVER A MILLION PROTESTERS TO MARCH AGAINST TRUMP’S VISIT TO THE UK

More than a million people could take to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s upcoming UK visit, campaigners have warned following a boom in the number of people pledging to march.

The Stop Trump group was set up in February, shortly after the US President’s inauguration and in the wake of his divisive travel ban.

Its aim was to prevent a UK state visit for the American leader and was backed by high-profile figures including Owen Jones, Brian Eno and Bianca Jagger.

But the campaign was reinvigorated on Wednesday after Mr Trump shared a trio of anti-Muslim videos to his Twitter account which had been posted by the deputy leader of far-right racist group Britain First, Jayda Fransen.

His retweets sparked a huge global backlash with politicians including Prime Minister Theresa May calling him “wrong” to share the tweets from a “hateful” group which “peddles lies and stokes tensions”.

Angry: Thousands of anti-Trump protesters gathered at Downing Street in January. (Getty Images)

According to organisers of the Stop Trump group, it has seen a massive boost in the number of people pledging support for their campaign following Mr Trump’s latest retweets.

Its website invites members of the public to “pledge to march” by signing up with their name, postcode and email address.

“We’ve had a huge response to our campaign over the last 24 hours – particularly on social media,” a spokesperson said.

“Thousands of people have been signing our pledge to protest.

“The British government know that the protests against a Trump visit could be the biggest we’ve ever seen in this country. Upwards of a million people could take to the streets.

Donald Trump and Theresa May hold hands during the PM’s visit to the White House in January. (EPA)

“No doubt that’s a factor not only in the delay over the visit but also the secrecy surrounding the details.

“But there’s no escape. We could mobilise hundreds of thousands at a day’s notice.”

Last month, the Standard exclusively revealed President Trump, 71, is set to visit Britain in early 2018 but for a stripped-down trip that will not qualify as a state visit. No date has yet been set.

Diplomats were reportedly discussing plans for a “working visit” which would see him not stay with the Queen.

It followed the threat of mass protests when it emerged the PM had offered a state visit, breaching convention that the honour is usually reserved for a president’s second term.

In January, Whitehall was brought to a standstill as thousands of furious protester marched to Downing Street against the travel ban, which targeted visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Today Mr Trump hit back at Theresa May following her criticism of his Britain First retweets, which the White House claimed were “about national security”.

The president took to Twitter once again to tag Mrs May, telling her: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”

Mrs May responded by saying the UK takes the terror threat very seriously.

The Stop Trump group has been backed by politicians including Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Tim Farron and MPs Ed Miliband, Tulip Siddiq and David Lammy as well as comedian Frankie Boyle, singer Lily Allen and Akala.

Caitlin Moran, Paloma Faith, Shappi Khorsandi and the heads of Unison, TUC, GMB, RMT and NUS have also given their backing.

 

Evening Standard

Charity Rolls Out Free Food Vending Machines For The Homeless Across The UK

Britain’s first vending machine for homeless people is set to launch – just in time for Christmas. Stocked with items such as fresh fruit, sanitary towels, socks, energy bars and sandwiches, the first 24/7 dispenser will be located outside intu Broadmarsh shopping centre Nottingham.

‘Up to 100 homeless people will be able to ‘purchase’ three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card. The concept is the brainchild of new Nottingham homelessness charity Action Hunger, who have chosen the city for the project’s pilot ahead of plans to roll out machines across the country. Charity trustee Huzaifah Khaled, who believes the machine is the first of its kind in the world, said: ‘We chose Nottingham because it’s the city that I grew up in and have a deep affinity for, but we do plan on installing [a vending machine] in Manchester in January, then London and Birmingham.

The first 24/7 dispenser will be located outside intu Broadmarsh shopping centre Nottingham (Picture: BPM) Latest from Metro.co.uk» War criminal dies after drinking poison in court ‘The threat is real’: White House defends Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim videos Britain’s first vending machine for homeless people is set to launch – just in time for Christmas. Stocked with items such as fresh fruit, sanitary towels, socks, energy bars and sandwiches, the first 24/7 dispenser will be located outside intu Broadmarsh shopping centre Nottingham. ‘How to make slime’ was most searched-for question on Yahoo Up to 100 homeless people will be able to ‘purchase’ three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card. The concept is the brainchild of new Nottingham homelessness charity Action Hunger, who have chosen the city for the project’s pilot ahead of plans to roll out machines across the country. Charity trustee Huzaifah Khaled, who believes the machine is the first of its kind in the world, said: ‘We chose Nottingham because it’s the city that I grew up in and have a deep affinity for, but we do plan on installing [a vending machine] in Manchester in January, then London and Birmingham. Up to 100 homeless people will be able to ‘purchase’ three free items a day from the machine using a traceable key card.

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‘But everything hinges on how this does in Nottingham.’

The machine will be installed under the canopy near to back entrances of Broadmarsh, in Sussex Street, at the start of December Who was St Andrew? Everything about Scotland’s patron saint A hundred key cards will be dropped off at West Bridgford outreach centre The Friary – Action Hunger’s chosen Nottingham partner – where staff will hand them out at their discretion. Friary CEO, Sam Crawford, said: ‘We will be prioritising rough sleepers. ‘Not everyone who visits us is a rough sleeper, some are homeless in other ways such as those in temporary accommodation, so that would be who we would prioritise. ‘It’s an innovative way in which food and provisions can be made available out of hours to people in need.’ Friary CEO, Sam Crawford, said: ‘We will be prioritising rough sleepers’.

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Those given a key card will need to check into the Friary at least once a week in order to keep using it. Donations from FareShare – a supermarket surplus distribution charity – make up 50 per cent of vending machine stock, while the other half is bought by Action Hunger.

Michael Walker, from Sherwood, welcomed the arrival of the machine. Michael, 63, said: ‘I think it’s a really good idea, it’s just a shame they’ve got to do things like this.’ Elaine Stephens, 54, from Whitemoor, said: ‘I think it’s a good idea and I actually read that Nottingham City Council helped 139 homeless people last year.

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