Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

British ex-foreign minister to be probed for burqa comments

Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments
Jay Anderson | 11 August, 2018, 16:25

He caused controversy in an article he wrote for the Daily Telegraph earlier this week that women wearing the Muslim face veil looked like letterboxes and bank robbers.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Johnson had been "rude and gratuitous" and "knew exactly what he was doing".

Asked what she made of the language used by the ex-cabinet minister, Ms Dick told the BBC Asian Network: "Some people have clearly found it offensive".

A panel of at least three people, appointed by Mr Lewis, will include one independent member, one representative of the voluntary party and one nominated by the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Absent from the 2016 leadership contest when key allies withdrew their support on the eve of his campaign launch, Mr Johnson failed to bring any statesmanship to the Foreign Office.

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




Boris Johnson is facing a possible investigation into breaches of the Conservative Party code of conduct. The panel has the power to refer Johnson to the Conservative Party's board, which could impose sanctions on Johnson, suspend his membership, or even expel him from the party.

The prime minister told reporters that she agreed with Lewis's call, saying that "some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended" and people need to be "careful" with language.

"It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", the source said.

Johnson refused to apologize for his remarks, calling the outrage at his remarks "ridiculous" as well as an attack on free speech. "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.

'Johnson did not go far enough.

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".

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