Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Armeena Khan calls out former foreign secretary on burka comment

Armeena Khan calls out former foreign secretary on burka comment

Meanwhile, former attorney general Dominic Grieve said he would quit the party if Mr Johnson became leader, while ex-minister Anna Soubry said that "many" One Nation Tories would also leave.

Ruth Davidson is among the senior Consersvatives who have said Mr Johnson should apologise for his "gratuitously offensive" comments on the burka. "It is her RIGHT to choose which goes hand in hand with British values", wrote the Pakistani-Canadian star.

"I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use".

There was no immediate sign that Johnson planned to back down.

It found that some 60 percent of respondents did not believe Johnson was "racist" to compare the appearance of women in burqas to "bank robbers" or "letterboxes", and, moreover, that 60 percent of people would support following Austria, France, Denmark, and several other European countries in actually banning the oppressive garments - something Johnson himself said was a step too far.

A source close to Johnson said, "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues. If we fail to speak up for liberal".

His remarks drew condemnation from former colleagues. "I will defend the basic principle which is the right to choose".

Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi, a former party chairwoman, accused Johnson of adopting the "dog-whistle" tactics of right-wing firebrand Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump's former top aide.

Meanwhile Tory peer and president of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Lord Sheikh, said on Wednesday that Johnson should be kicked out of the party altogether.

"It is crass and it must stop, and it must be condemned by the leadership right from the prime minister down".

"If a woman wants to wear a short dress, it is her right and freedom to do so".

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