WORCESTERSHIRE MPs have spoken out about the rioting in the US as angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power.

The attack on Wednesday evening, which left four people dead, forced politicians to rush from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said it was 'extraordinary to see one of the greatest superpowers in the world become reduced to a banana republic.'

He said: "For a western democracy to react like this is unprecedented. It is extraordinary. It seems a portion of Trump supporters have completely lost the plot.

"Here in Britain we have never had such violence response to the transition of power, the 2019 election was one of the most contested and controversial, but we did at least accept the result and the outcome. Which is why to see one of the greatest super powers in the world, with deep seated roots of democracy and the peaceful exchange of power, being reduced to a banana republic is so extraordinary.

" It is unheard of for people to reject democracy in this way. I hope that this is just a one off that can be quelled so the people in the US can get back to some kind of normalcy."

Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, commented: “As an elected representative myself, I have huge feelings of solidarity with the elected representatives who have been physically threatened while engaging in the democratic act of certifying an election. Democracy is a precious thing.

“We need to express our political views peacefully at the ballot box and in peaceful protest. It is well past time for President Trump to concede that he lost the election and he should engage with the transition process set out in the US constitution.”

MP for Mid Worcestershire, Nigel Huddleston added: "I was alarmed to see the events overnight in the US. We do not expect to see such sights in functioning democracies.

"It is important that we have a smooth transition of power and those in positions of responsibility from the President down must not be seen to be encouraging violence or intolerance. Language matters and leaders must choose their words carefully.