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Division and hate politics is not welcome in the UK

The Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini has been told his “division and hate” is not welcome in the UK, after tickets for events in his name went on sale in London and Liverpool.

Italy’s former deputy prime minister and interior minister is under investigation on possible kidnapping charges after preventing 131 migrants and refugees from disembarking from a coastguard ship last year.

One of the highest-profile rightwing populists in Europe, Salvini is anti-immigration and has called for a “mass cleansing” of his country.

On Tuesday it emerged that tickets were on sale at £28 each for events apparently hosted by Lega nel Mondo, a European network established by Salvini in September 2018.