Hours ahead of the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, British MP Chris Bryant on Tuesday announced that he has nominated Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“When others have resorted to violent solutions, he has argued that the best force is the force of argument. Because guns can stop a heart but well-placed words can change many hearts, and many hearts can change a world,” the Labour MP said nominating Biden, according to a Guardian report.

“When American cities have been in flames and citizen has been pitched against citizen, Joe has been a calming influence to bear,” he further said.

According to the Nobel committee rules, Peace Prize nominations can be made by members of governments and international courts of law, university chancellors, professors of social science, history, philosophy, law and theology, leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs.

Earlier, a far-right member of the Norwegian Parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, had nominated President Trump for the honour, citing the US-brokered Israel-UAE deal. He had also nominated Trump for peace prize in 2018.

The prize will be announced on October 9.