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Live updates as Cambridge protests Donald Trump’s arrival in the UK

People have gathered in the centre of Cambridge after Donald Trump makes an official visit to the UK as US president.

Trump arrived as part of a four day trip at Stansted Airport earlier today (July 12).

He will meet Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence Chequers and the Queen at Windsor Castle before heading to Scotland, where he is expected to hit the golf course.

His arrival has been met with protests by people across the country, including the people of Cambridge, many of whom oppose his policies and views.

Stand Up To Racism campaigners have organised the protest in King's Parade.

The US President arrived in the UK today

On the event's Facebook page, organisers dubbed Trump a "racist war monger" and hope to see "the biggest protest this country has ever seen".

Organisers add: "Donald Trump is not welcome here. We will be organising protests to oppose Trump's racism, sexism and bigotry. Someone who retweets fascists and scapegoats Muslims is not welcome here.

"The invitation to Donald Trump for a 'working visit' will be opposed by 10,000s of people in Britain.

"Our government should not be seen to be endorsing the sorts of ideas and policies he is putting forward.

"We will be prepared to organise mass demonstrations against his visit whatever its status.

"We will reject Trump's politics of fear and division."

Protests have been organised across the country (Image: Keith Jones)

Transport is being arranged for Cambridge protesters on Friday who want to join the national demonstration.

Almost £30,000 has been raised to pay for a six metre high orange, inflatable baby version of Trump that will be flown over central London during his visit.

Simon Kempton, operational policing lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, has said that despite careful planning, Trump's visit will still put a huge strain on law enforcement in some parts of the country.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier denied that Mr Trump was avoiding London, where the biggest protests against the presidential visit are expected to take place, pointing out that he was using the ambassador's residence in Regent's Park as his base for the visit – where he will stay there overnight tonight.

He declined to confirm whether Trump would play golf in Scotland – where he owns two courses – stressing that the weekend will be dominated by preparations for his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

The UK was an "indispensable" ally to the US and the special relationship was "as strong now as it's ever been," he said.

The black-tie dinner being held for Mr Trump at Blenheim Palace on the first night of his visit was "very symbolic."

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