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Conservative Party to investigate Boris Johnson's burka comments

11 August 2018

Both May and party chairman Brandon Lewis said he should apologise, as did civil society minister Tracey Crouch who called Johnson's language "intentionally provocative".

Boris has been accused of Tory Wets of breaching the party's "code of conduct" with his comments.

An independent panel will be convened to review the complaints.

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

Mr Johnson, who quit Theresa May's Cabinet last month in a dispute over Brexit negotiations, used a newspaper column to argue against calls for a ban on the face-covering veils in public places, but described them as "absolutely ridiculous" and compared their wearers to rebellious teenagers.

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The Conservative code of conduct says members should "lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance".

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".

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

"I welcome this investigation into Boris but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

So will he say sorry?

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

Furthermore, given the responses from other MPs, specifically Ms Dorries, and the broader concerns that have been raised by the Muslim Council of Britain amongst others, we believe that there must now be an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party to tackle this issue once and for all.

In his resignation letter, Johnson said the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", before sharply criticizing May's strategy for a departure from the bloc.

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.

Right-wing commentator Tim Montgomerie was among those to tweet his support for Johnson, saying: "I hope Boris doesn't apologise".

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Conservative Party to investigate Boris Johnson's burka comments