Half a million sign online petition to ban mogul entering UK
An online petition to ban Donald Trump, which has become the most popular ever on the British Government's website, has passed the half a million mark.
The number of people signing the petition, which was set up almost two weeks ago, soared in recent days following calls by the property tycoon and reality TV star for Muslims to be barred from entering the US and his claim that parts of London were so "radicalised" that police feared for their lives.
A poll on the parliamentary website calling for his exclusion from the UK has topped the previous record of 446,482.
At its peak, the petition was lengthening by more than seven signatures a second and users experienced difficulties accessing the page due to higher than usual traffic. It gained around 140,000 signatures in just over a day, to reach the 500,000 mark in the early hours of Friday.
The previous top spot was held by a petition earlier this year calling for the UK to accept more asylum seekers and increase refugee support, which was signed 446,924 times.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Mr Trump's comments were "divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong", while London mayor Boris Johnson said they rendered him "unfit to hold the office of the president of the United States".
The businessman, who owns two golf courses in Scotland - Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire and Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire - has been stripped of an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and had his membership of the GlobalScot business network removed.
Polls taken in the US after Mr Trump's original remarks were publicised showed a spike in support among Republican primary voters, with Mr Trump on around 35pc and as many as 20 points ahead of his main rivals.