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04/02/2016 11:52 GMT | Updated 04/02/2016 12:59 GMT

Roosh V Mocked For Size Of 'Following' As MPs Urge Theresa May To Ban Him From Britain

Theresa May has been urged to ban from Britain a "repulsive" pro-rape campaigner who planned to stage events across the country.

Daryush Valizade, who also goes by the name Roosh V, has promoted the idea of legalising rape if done on "private property".

On Thursday morning he used his of Return of Kings blog to announce the meetings planned for "heterosexual men only" were cancelled.

Valizade had not planned to attend the events. However MPs have urged the home secretary to preemptively ban the American from visiting the UK in future.

MPs also made fun of "ludicrous" Valizade and his "sick minded" followers, implying the meetings planned for cities including London, Glasgow and Cardiff, were an attention seeking move designed to compensate for the size of his penis.

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Speaking in the House of Commons today, Home Office minister Karen Bradley said Valizade's views were "absolutely repulsive" and had "no place in British society".

"We should ridicule, we should show contempt, we should show these are the most ridiculous views," she said. "If we can see these are ludicrous comments, people will see they do not want to be part of this."

Bradley said she could not comment on whether Valizade would be banned, but added May had a record of banning people when deemed necessary.

"The home secretary has the powers to exclude any individual who is not a British citizen if she considers their presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good," she said.

"This home secretary has excluded more people and has done more on the issue of tackling violence against women and girls than any home secretary in history."

She added: "The government condemns in the strongest terms anyone who condones rape and sexual violence or suggests responsibility for stopping these crimes rests with the victims. Responsibility always unequivocally rests with the perpetrator of these serious crimes."

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Labour's Chi Onwurah made fun of Valizade in the Commons

MPs laughed as Labour's Chi Onwurah suggested Valizade was "so insecure in his own masculinity" that he felt the need to "augment the size of his ... following".

Bradley added: "I join her in her comments about perhaps the reasons why this individual is doing what he is doing, ensuring he is getting publicity, in a way perhaps he needs for other reasons. I'll say no more."

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Conservative MP Simon Hoare urged the government to ban Valizade. "Everybody would welcome a proactive engagement form the home secretary and her department to not only exclude this man who frankly is an embarrassment to all men and to proscribe his organisation as well," he said.

Conservative Philip Hollobone said if anyone was "seeking to incite criminal activity" the government should have "absolutely no qualms" about excluding them.

And Labour Christian Matherson added: "I can see no possible benefit to this individual being allowed into the UK now or in the future," he told the Commons.

SNP MP Stewart Malcolm McDonald mocked men who agreed with Valizade and had planned to attend his events as "sick minded halfwits". And Lib Dem Greg Mullholand said his ideas were "a perversion of masculinity".

In promoting the legalisation of rape if done in private, Valizade has argued: "Less women will be raped because they won’t voluntarily drug themselves with booze and follow a strange man into a bedroom, and less men will be unfairly jailed for what was anything but a maniacal alley rape."

On his Return of Kings blog, Valizade wrote this morning: "I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups cannot be made private in time.

"While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return of Kings meetups."

A petition condemning Valizade for his comments has already been signed by over 77,000 people. "We will not accept this form of terror against women. Pro-Rape advocates directly threaten our safety and normalise the abuse of women and girls," the petition said.

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