**Marine Le Pen should be barred from UK, says Vote Leave
A senior figure in the campaign for UK exit from the EU has urged the Home Office to bar French far right leader Marine Le Pen from visiting Britain.
Vote Leave co-chairman Gisela Stuart said Ms Le Pen held “divisive and inflammatory” views and her visit would not be “conducive to the public good”.
The president of the French National Front, who backs Brexit, is expected to travel to the UK in the next few weeks.**
The Home Secretary told the BBC she does not comment on individual cases.
Ms Le Pen has said she intends to speak in favour of Britain leaving the EU and wants France, like the UK, to hold a referendum on leaving.
In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May sent on Friday, Ms Stuart said the National Front leader “has previously made many divisive and inflammatory comments, including comparing Muslims praying in the street to the Nazi occupation of France”.
“Accordingly, I urge you to exercise your powers under immigration legislation to refuse her admission into the country if and when she attempts to visit the UK.”
Ms Stuart said there was “ample precedent” to refuse Ms Le Pen entry, based on Home Office decisions to bar others in recent years.
According to figures published in 2014, Mrs May has banned more than 217 people since 2010, including 84 hate preachers, 61 people on grounds of national security and 72 because they were deemed “not conducive to the public good”.