Boris Johnson Defended By Leading Imam Over Burka Comments

Boris Johnson Defended By Leading Imam Over Burka Comments

But Conor Burns MP, a vocal supporter of Mr Johnson, said it was "bizarre" for Commissioner Dick to use her position to look into the comments with rising crime in the Capital. By a narrow margin of 48 per cent to 45 per cent they thought he did not need to say sorry for his comments.

The Conservative party has to decide between being a "genuine one nation force" or "an English nationalist movement" in the light of Boris Johnson's comments about fully veiled women, according to one of the party's Muslim MEPs.

Critics have accused him of stoking Islamophobia to boost his Tory leadership ambitions but his supporters have said he was speaking up for "liberal values".

Mr Johnson said schools and universities should expect the same when Muslim students wear the burkha.

Among criticisms from Muslim groups, Johnson has also received words from fellow politicians including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, Theresa May, Brandon Lewis and Ruth Davidson.

The independent panel will decide whether to refer Mr Johnson to the party's board. "People who frankly couldn't care less about the issues that Muslim women face are piling into Boris because Boris said it".

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"I think that this wasn't an off-the-cuff slip, he wrote a column, he knew exactly what he was doing and I think it crossed from being provocative and starting a debate and actually it became rude and gratuitous", the Scots Tory leader said.

Penning an article for the establishment centre-right Telegraph newspaper under a pseudonym, for fear of "how my friends and relatives would react", "Suad Farah" described how she lost her niqab-wearing best friend "to mosque classes and to sister circles and to fundamentalist YouTube videos" after the death of her father. "Can you imagine if a man comes along, and you're wearing a miniskirt, and he pulls it down?"

In his controversial column, Johnson said he opposed a ban on face-covering veils, but added it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter-boxes".

Taking to Twitter, the Jaanan actress emphasized a woman's right to wear whatever she feels comfortable in.

"Working in the NHS for the past four years, I have never had any problems with my lab colleagues", she said.

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