Britons split over Boris Johnson’s burka comments

Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments

But the MP Nadine Dorries, retorted: "The people in Westminster who are so outraged are actually terrified that at some stage any day soon Boris may make a challenge for the leadership and Number 10".

I'm not sure that kind of language is ok at this time, let's not have any more of it.' He later tweeted a clip of the segment and wrote: 'It was like being in a room with him for a moment'.

The former foreign secretary will be investigated over whether he has broken the party's code of conduct for comments that were widely criticised by figures, including from his own party, as Islamophobic.

The retrogressive Islamic clergy has succeeded in persuading ill-informed Muslims through suspect secondary sources that God wants women to cover their faces, when in reality it is...

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Boris Johnson should "not apologise for telling the truth" about burkas, a leading imam has said. May said she agreed with Lewis.

Following a growing chorus of condemnation over Johnson's derogatory views he made about Muslim women wearing burqas, Britain's Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said on Tuesday he had asked Johnson to apologize.

Johnson is yet to issue a response.

But a Sky News poll found that 45% of voters thought he should apologise, while 48% thought he should not.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said Mr Johnson's comments would not "reach the bar" for a criminal offence.

A string of other Conservatives have queued up to criticise Johnson, with Theresa May saying he used the wrong language and Lord Sheikh calling for the whip to be withdrawn.

It is not to be confused with the hijab, which leaves the face uncovered, or the niqab, which leaves the eyes exposed.

But Johnson also said the robe was oppressive, ridiculous and made women look like letter boxes and bank robbers, prompting an outcry from other politicians and British Muslim groups.

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Schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student "turns up. looking like a bank robber".

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