Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Boris Johnson to face inquiry over burka comments

Boris Johnson to face inquiry over burka comments

Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, said Johnson was using Muslim women as a "convenient political football to try and increase his poll ratings".

"If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree", Johnson said.

Disciplinary action could lead to Mr Johnson being suspended or even expelled from the Tories, but would risk igniting civil war in a party many of whose members see him as the best option to succeed Mrs May as leader.

The complaints will be looked at by an independent panel.

News of the investigation emerged as Mr Johnson was reprimanded for breaching rules for former ministers by failing to seek advice before taking up a job as a newspaper columnist after leaving the Cabinet. On those that wear the burka he appeared to draw comparisons with a female student who turned up to school "looking like a bank robber" - adding they should be asked to remove their face covering.

Johnson labelled Muslim dress "oppressive", and claimed of the niqab: "It is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

'For this reason Britain must emulate France, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria and Denmark in banning the burka'.

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Johnson had already been criticism by a number of Tory politicians and Muslim groups for his comments, which "some claimed were created to pander to right-wing voters to bolster his future leadership chances", says The Guardian.

The Tories have been accused of being majorly out of touch with the British people.

A source told the BBC that it was "ridiculous" to attack the former minister's views.

"The women who wear the niqab and report into us clearly report to us they are called telephone boxes, letter boxes, bin bags, when they are abused and when they are assaulted".

The assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, said Mr Johnson was "pandering to the far-right", while Labour MP David Lammy branded him a "pound-shop Donald Trump".

The repercussions could exasperate the party's growing civil war, where the debate over Johnson's comments has developed into a proxy war between Brexiteers and Remainers in the parliamentary party.

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