Baby blimp flies high as Jeremy Corbyn and Nick Clegg join those opposing presidents trip
Tens of thousands of people poured through the centres of London, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast on Friday, united in their rejection of the visit to Britain of the US president, Donald Trump, who admitted the protests had made him feel unwelcome.
There was a carnival atmosphere with music, dancing, the bashing of pots and pans and a forest of often witty, sometimes crude placards. The tone was set in London by a four-metre-high orange Trump baby blimp that was floated above Parliament Square, and placards with slogans such as No Fan of Fake Tan Man, How Dare You Combover here and Free Melania. But there was anger too at what many perceived as Trumps racism, misogyny and climate change policy.
The former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, and the current and former Labour leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband joined the protesters in the capital who numbered more than 100,000, according to the organisers of two marches that converged on Trafalgar Square.