A petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from the UK has been signed by more than 95,000 people in less than a day, after the tycoon-turned-presidential candidate called for a ban on Muslims entering the US.

On Wednesday morning the petition, which calls for Trump to be stopped from entering the country on the grounds of hate speech, was racking up more than 19,000 signatures an hour, according to parliament’s petitions website.

That puts it on course to pass 100,000 signatures in less than 24 hours, which would require parliament to consider debating the issue.

It comes after Trump was widely criticised for saying on Monday that Muslims should be banned from entering the US. He said in a speech following a mass shooting committed by a Muslim couple over the weekend: “We need a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States while we figure out what the hell is going on. We are out of control.”

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