Gordon has written to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid asking him to revoke any visa that may have been granted to Franklin Graham to come to the UK on the grounds that his entry and presence will not be conducive to the public good.

Franklin Graham is due to speak at the “Lancashire Festival of Hope” this coming weekend at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

In his letter to the Home Secretary, Gordon said: “I have had a number of representations from constituents, including local clergy and other faith leaders, who were alarmed and appalled by the derogatory and inflammatory views that Franklin Graham has consistently expressed towards Muslims, members of the LGBT community and others.

“Blackpool welcomes every year millions of visitors of all faiths and none, as well as diverse families, members of the LGBT community and many different nationalities. Our residential community is similarly diverse. Blackpool Council has expressed its deep concern about Graham’s visit and its potential to cause strong protest and antipathy to the groups his preaching and comments have targeted.

“My Parliamentary colleagues from in and around Blackpool, Paul Maynard, Mark Menzies and Cat Smith have all also expressed their concerns about the impact of the proposed visit in writing to the Home Office.

“I therefore asking the Home Secretary to urgently cpnsider stopping any further escalation of tension and hurt towards the groups he continues to attack in his preaching by barring his ability to speak at the Winter Gardens – avoiding further denigration and hurt to both our visitors and residents in Blackpool.”

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