Trump stripped of honorary degree

2015-12-09 19:57
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall, AP)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall, AP)

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London - A Scottish university on Wednesday revoked an honorary degree it awarded to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump amid an outcry over a call by the Republican frontrunner to bar Muslims entry to the United States.

"In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university.

"The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree," said a spokesperson for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, a petition to bar Trump from Britain reached more than 230 000 signatures on Wednesday.

The petition will now be considered for debate by parliament as it has over 100 000 signatures, and will receive a written government response.

"The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK," said the petition.

Trump's comments have caused an outcry in Britain and prompted the Scottish government on Wednesday to drop him as a business ambassador for the country, where he owns golf courses and hotels.

"Mr Trump's recent remarks have shown that he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland," a spokesperson for the regional government said.

The anti-Trump petition was posted late on Tuesday by Scottish resident Suzanne Kelly, a long-time critic of the 69-year-old.

Twenty-four lawmakers have also signed two House of Commons motions condemning the remarks. One calls on the government "to refuse a visa allowing Donald Trump to visit the UK until Mr Trump withdraws his comments".


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