Donald Trump would damage Parliament's reputation and John Bercow is right to ban him, says SNP MP Kirsty Blackman

John Bercow: Donald Trump is 'damaging for Parliament's reputation', says SNP MP Kirsty Blackman

John Bercow has voiced opposition to Donald Trump addressing MPs when he visits the UK

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SNP MP Kirsty Blackman has backed John Bercow after he voiced his opposition to Donald Trump yesterday in the House of Commons. 

The Speaker of the House has come under fire after he refused to let the US president address MPs when he comes to the UK on a state visit. 

In a speech to Parliament yesterday, he said that while he was previously against the prospect of banning such visits, Mr Trump's recent executive order to block travel from seven majority-Muslim countries into the United States compelled him to make an exception.

The speech garnered applause, an unusual occurrence in Parliament. Kirsty Blackman, SNP MP for Aberdeen North, backed the Speaker in an interview with Paul Ross.

"I think John Bercow really feels his main aim and plan is to uphold Parliament’s reputation," she said. "If you look at his track record, it’s what you’d expect him to do. 

"Granted the public feeling against Donald Trump’s visit is huge and demonstrable - in terms of the parliamentary reputation, it’s damaging and that’s where the speaker is coming from. 

"For someone who’s made such horrendous comments about women, disabled people, Muslims and the ban he’s put in place, I certainly don’t want to hear him speak.

"I completely agree with what John Bercow has done in this regard."