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Not my job to censor baby blimp, insists mayor Khan

Balloon bust-up: Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and London mayor Sadiq Khan discuss the blimp on Good Morning Britain PICTURE: REX

SADIQ KHAN defended his decision to let a blimp depicting Donald Trump as an angry, orange baby fly over London during the US president’s visit to the UK.

In a TV clash with Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan yesterday, the mayor of London said it was not his job to act as a ‘censor’.

‘My views are irrelevant. The issue is, “Do they have freedom to protest, freedom to assemble and should they be allowed to do so?” If it’s peaceful and safe they should, Piers.’

Morgan then asked if he would have endorsed a giant black baby blimp of Barack Obama during his presidency, or an image depicting Mr Khan himself as a pig, despite that being offensive to Muslims. ‘If it’s peaceful and if it’s safe. Look, I can’t be the censor. It’s not for me to decide what’s in good taste or bad taste,’ he replied.

The 20ft high ‘Trump baby blimp’ (above) will fly above Parliament Square on Friday, but it is believed Mr Trump’s schedule will not take him close enough to Westminster to see it. He will arrive in the UK tomorrow and carry out engagements on Friday before heading to Scotland for the weekend.