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MPs will debate an invitation for U.S. President Donald Trump to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom after more than 3,300 people across Wearside signed a petition opposing the plan.
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Almost 1.7 million people have now added their signatures to the petition, which says such a visit would "cause embarrassment" to the Queen.
Downing Street rejected calls to cancel Trump's visit later this year, saying that the invitation had been issued and accepted during last week's visit of Prime Minister Theresa May to the US.
A rival petition, supporting the state visit plan, had attracted 120,678 signatures, including 227 and 265 from the two constituencies respectively.
Support for calls for the visit to be downgraded rocketed after the president announced his travel ban.
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Donna Watson wrote: "Welcome President Trump", but Kerry Johnson said: "I hope the Queen refuses to see the bad man".
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Iraqi-born Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and former Labour leader Ed Miliband have called for an emergency debate in the Commons on the ban, and SNP MP Tasmina Sheik has tabled an early day motion urging the government to fight the ban.
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said the visit could not go ahead "while a cruel and divisive policy which discriminates against citizens of the host nation is in place".
Support for the visit came despite the fact that 50% believed the travel ban - which bars Syrian refugees from entering the USA and puts a three-month block on any entrants from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya - was a bad idea, compared with 29% who said it was a good idea. However, some Britons with dual nationalities reported facing problems.
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