Despite the huge gulf in their politics, Jeremy Corbyn would not ban Donald Trump from coming to the UK. But it would be on the condition that the business tycoon visits a mosque with the Labour leader.

"If Donald Trump wants to come to Britain, absolutely fine," the Labour leader said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "He can come and join me in Finsbury Park mosque."

Trump, the frontrunner to become the Republican nominee for the US presidential race next year, recently said he would ban Muslims from entering the US. A parliamentary petition to ban the property magnate from entering the UK for hate crimes has now reached more than half a million signatures. However, David Cameron said that Trump would not be banned from the UK.

Even though he'd want to let him into the country, Corbyn disagrees with Trump's controversial ideas. He said: "The idea that somehow or other you can deal with all the problems in the world by banning a particular religious group from entering the USA is offensive and absurd.

"I hope the American people will realise that it's against everything that's in the US constitution, it's against everything that's about freedom of speech, everything that's about freedom of religion."

Corbyn would also hope to bring Trump to a synagogue, and to visit "coherent, multifaith, multicultural society in… all parts of this country".

"He might learn something," he added.

Bernie Sanders
Jeremy Corbyn finds himself on safer ground with US Senator Bernie Sanders REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Another American politician with whom Corbyn finds more agreement is Bernie Sanders, an insurgent candidate for the Democratic nomination for President.

"I'm very impressed by the numbers that Bernie is getting to his rallies and meetings and as he apparently was impressed by ours, in a much smaller country," he said.

"I would guess that Hillary will probably win it in the end," he added. "But participating changes the debate. His challenging of the inequalities in the USA, of the corporate relief and fat cats compared to the working people, he's standing up for public services as opposed to private services, I think has changed the debate."

In a Christmas message to the Sunday Mirror, Corbyn has said that the Christian message "do unto others as you would have done to you" is "the essence of my socialism".

Bad news UK polls

Meanwhile, a poll released by the Guardian yesterday has revealed that nearly a third (30%) of Labour supporters do not expect Corbyn to lead the party into the 2020 General Election. In total, 57% of likely voters do not think he will last the course.

The poll also said that 41% of voters believe Cameron would make the best prime minister – even though he has said he will not run – while just 20% think the same of Corbyn.

The Opinium poll of 1,936 likely voters, put the Conservatives eight points ahead of Labour at 38% to 30%. Ukip, meanwhile, were on 16%, with the SNP, the Lib Dems and the Greens on 6%, 5% and 5%.