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Conservative Party to investigate Boris Johnson's burka comments

11 August 2018

Once Britain's top diplomat, Johnson made his comments in his latest Telegraph column which focused on Denmark's recent decision to impose a full-face veil ban for those of the Islamic faith.

"It is crass and it must stop, and it must be condemned by the leadership right from the prime minister down".

The former foreign secretary added: "If a constituent came to my MP's surgery with her face obscured, I should feel fully entitled - like Jack Straw - to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly".

The complaints will be looked at by an independent panel.

Now the Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre has said Mr Johnson has attempted to "diminish" the status of Muslim women as British citizens.

If an investigation does conclude that Johnson has breached the party's code of conduct, the party could opt to disassociate itself from him in an action known as having the whip withdrawn.

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The panel will decide whether to refer Johnson to the party's board.

She wrote, "As a feminist, what really disgusts me in this whole episode is that Muslim women are simply political fodder, their lives a convenient battleground on which to stake out a leadership bid".

May said his words "clearly caused offense ... and I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use". "If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto". "It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked".

A statement issued by the group said: "In 2005, Boris Johnson said, "Islam is the problem" and 'Islamophobia is a natural reaction'. He loves the great melting point that is London and recognises what diverse cultures bring to our capital city", says Perrior, who helped Johnson to become London mayor before heading into Number 10 as Theresa May's communications director.

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.

He called for him to apologise but said his comments were "trivial" compared with Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech.

Conservative Party to investigate Boris Johnson's burka comments