Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments

Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments
Glenn Montgomery | 11 August, 2018, 16:22

He then went on to state that Muslim women in burqas looked like "bank robbers" and "letter boxes".

In a Sunday column for The Telegraph declaring that the burqa should not be banned in the United Kingdom, Johnson made remarks about the controversial clothing that some people considered a dog-whistle for Islamophobia.

Senior Conservatives have called on him to apologise for the comments or face losing the party whip.

Those defending Johnson have included numerous former foreign secretary's Vote Leave allies who could be expected to heartily support a leadership bid.

A number of complaints had been received and would be considered by an independent panel, the source added.

"With everything else going on in London to be diverting resources into an even cursory investigation into an article is weird", Mr Burns said according to The Telegraph.

Friends of the former London Mayor said he would not apologise over his column in the Daily Telegraph that argued against the introduction of a ban on face coverings as in Denmark. May said she agreed with Lewis.

The Conservative party's website says suspension of membership or expulsion from the party is among the ultimate options open to its board on the conclusion of a code of conduct investigation. 'It was the wrong language to use.

Johnson asserted that schools should be entitled to tell students to remove a veil if one "turns up ... looking like a bank robber".

Analysts believe that the likely response may related to the fact that Boris Johnson is the main rival of Teresa in the struggle for leadership of the conservative party.

She said that her group, which works with marginalised women, had already taken three calls in the last two days from hijab-wearing women who reported being called "letter boxes".

According to the BBC, Johnson's supporters defended his remarks, saying that he was simply sticking up for "liberal values".

Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick said the comments did not amount to a hate crime and police have not received any criminal complaint against Mr Johnson.

Johnson is known for his bombast, elocution, gaffes and provocative stunts, but even a few fellow Tories said he had gone too far this time.

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