Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

British ex-foreign minister to be probed for burqa comments

British ex-foreign minister to be probed for burqa comments

He has faced fierce criticism for comparing women wearing the conservative Islamic dress to letter boxes and bank robbers.

Shah also called for Johnson to be forced to attend a training course on engaging with the Muslim community in a letter to Conservative Party Chair Brandon Lewis.

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.

According to the BBC, the party declined to comment.

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

Johnson is seen by some as a potential Conservative leader if May is forced to step down amid divisions within the party over the terms on which the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.

As with previous annual reports, we have warned that politicians and media outlets must consider their choice of language around high-profile events, as associated media coverage often stimulates public discourse on issues such as terrorism, religious expression, and immigration, which can legitimise racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic prejudice.

Shortly after the publication of his article on Monday, a source close to Mr Johnson said that it was "ridiculous" that his views should be under attack.

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The complaints will be looked at by an independent panel.

Disciplinary action could lead to Johnson being suspended or even expelled from the Tories.

But the survey for the Sky News found people are split as to whether the former foreign secretary should apologise for his remarks - 45 per cent think he should do so, 48 per cent think he should not.

Asked about Mrs May's handling of the controversy, Mr Rees-Mogg told LBC radio: "She's clearly wrong to have asked him to have apologised".

And an imam who has previously criticised the burka said Mr Johnson should not "apologise for telling the truth".

"With everything else going on in London to be diverting resources into an even cursory investigation into an article is freakish", Mr Burns said according to The Telegraph.

Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, said Johnson was using Muslim women as a "convenient political football to try and increase his poll ratings".

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