Taxpayers left with £290,000 bill after anti Donald Trump protests in London

Anti-Trump protests in London have cost taxpayers almost £290,000, according to shock new figures.

Scotland Yard spent the huge sum policing four anti-Trump rallies in the capital earlier this year.

The protests included the ‘Stop Trump’ march, held outside the US Embassy to oppose his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries.

Arranged by left-wing groups such as Stand up to Racism and Stop the War, the demo on February 4 left taxpayers with a bill of £89,000.

Nearly £70,000 went towards policing the Women’s March – held by feminist campaigners on January 21, a day after Mr Trump’s inauguration.

The force spent a further £130,000 keeping order at two other protests against the US President’s controversial travel ban.

One of the rallies, held outside Downing Street in January, included high-profile speakers such as ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.
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Lib Dem chief Tim Farron, pop singer Lily Allen and SNP MP Mhairi Black also spoke out against Mr Trump’s immigration policy.
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Even more activists are expected to hit the streets when Mr Trump arrives for a state visit later this year.
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The visit is reportedly set to take place in early October, but Downing Street and the White House remain tight-lipped.
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