Talking on the BBC’s Westminster Hour Mark Field took an extremely strong line on MPs who have voiced support for the petition calling for President Trump’s state visit invitation to be rescinded.
In Westminster Hall on Monday, MPs will debate a petition, signed by more than 1.85 million people calling for the visit to be stripped of the trappings of a state occasion in order to avoid causing "embarrassment" to the Queen.
They will also consider an alternative petition, backed by almost 312,000 signatories, demanding the state visit goes ahead.
“I think it should go ahead,” Mr Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster, said.
“I think it’s worth remembering, whilst 1.8 million UK citizens has signed, well they signed but actually just pressed a button on a computer, that means 62 million citizens haven’t.
Mark Field didn't hold back on the MPs who support the petition
This nation has been our strongest ally for the past half a century, a critical trading partner and the one country that we are most closely culturally attuned
“It seems ludicrous to me that Trump’s defenders are made to justify the invitation by referencing the very worst dictators, who come here on diplomatic business.
“President Trump is the democratically elected President of the United States of America.
“This nation has been our strongest ally for the past half a century, a critical trading partner and the one country that we are most closely culturally attuned.
“I’m afraid that these self-indulgent virtue-signalling antics of those MPs, who are going to speak against this would really be pathetic if the implications weren’t so serious.
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“Of course President Trump should be here and have a fully fledged state visit."
Labour MP Lucy Powell, who was also on the programme, said she opposed the visit on the basis that it was "premature".
A petition to block Donald Trump over his so-called 'Muslim ban’ has garnered 1.8 million signatures, way above the 100,000 mark needed to be considered for a debate in parliament.
A counter petition for the state visit to go ahead has hit over 300,000 and will be debated in the House of Commons straight after.
While the debates take place a demonstration is scheduled for outside the hall.