SHOCK: Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham, described the election results as ‘terrible news’.
BRITAIN’S black MP’s have reacted with shock at Donald Trump’s election victory, urging politicians around the world to fight more vigorously for equality, respect and democratic engagement.
The call follows the most divisive election campaign in United States political history; during which the President-elect threatened to ban Muslims from entering the US and described Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’.
Despite Trumps rhetoric and lack of political experience he beat his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton with a Republican majority in US Congress, also sweeping both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham, described the election results as ‘terrible news’. He added: “We must not give up and realise that we must fight even harder for the values we believe in –respect, openness, and a solidarity that cuts across races, religions and classes to bring people together.
“We have to be careful in making broad generalisations but I think it's fair to say the Presidential election result, like Brexit, is a rejection of globalisation given its failure to deliver for the majority in advance economies. The challenge is to prove that we can make our countries greater still, not great again."
FEAR: Simon Woolley cited politics of hate and fear
Simon Woolley, director at Operation Black Vote, also believes the US Election campaign and result have similarities with the Brexit referendum; both exploiting concerns about immigration.
He said: “A nation that has always perceived itself as the most powerful nation needs an identifiable enemy, to which Trump has delivered up all Muslims on a plate.
“If there’s one overriding message to be learnt from Wednesday’s shocking political result, it’s that democrat engagement really matters. Those who turn their backs on politics in some kind of protest, actually open the door for the scary demagogues such as Trump and Nigel Farage to prevail. They in turn proudly boast, ‘the people have spoken’, before unleashing the politics of hate and fear.”
Helen Grant MP for Maidstone and The Weald said she hoped Donald Trump will redress the damaging and divisive effects of his campaign.
POSITIVE: Helen Grant, conservative MP, praised Clinton's campaign
The Conservative MP also paid tribute to Hillary Clinton for the positive nature of her campaign and for blazing the trail for women across the world who aspire to the highest positions of leadership.
Grant said: “I hope our special relationship with the US will continue and that, under his administration, our shared values of diversity, inclusion, multi-culture and equality will endure.”
Mr Trump currently has won 279 electoral college votes, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 228. 270 were required to win the elections and become the next US President.
In his victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump vowed to "bind the wounds of division", after an acrimonious election contest, and to be "president for all Americans".