Tories To Investigate Boris Over Burka Comments

11 August, 2018, 16:21 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson will face an internal investigation over complaints that he violated the ruling Conservative Party's code of conduct when he wrote in a newspaper column last week that women in burqas resemble "bank robbers" and "letter boxes".

She further said that a woman is not answerable to anyone if they wish to wear a burqa. She said she welcomed an investigation, "but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

A top Conservative known for flamboyant phrasing and eccentric stunts, Johnson is facing an internal Conservative investigation over his remarks, which have reignited a debate over religious facial coverings and split his party.

"And although we have not yet received any allegation of such a crime, I can tell you that my preliminary view from having spoken to them is that what Mr Johnson said would not reach the bar for a criminal offence".

Under Conservative party rules, MPs must adhere to "minimum standards of behaviour" under the code of conduct and "lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance".

Mr Johnson will be given the opportunity to make a statement providing "any evidence or details that will help to establish their position".

Friends of the former London Mayor said he would not apologise over his column in the Daily Telegraph that argued against the introduction of a ban on face coverings as in Denmark.

An independent panel will now decide if the former Foreign Secretary has breached the Conservatives code of conduct which prohibits using the office to "unlawfully discriminate against others".

An independent panel will examine the complaints against Johnson. "If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto".

Former Tory chairman Sayeeda Warsi, who has accused Johnson of "dog-whistle" Islamophobia, told Sky News: "Boris knew what he was doing when he made those comments".

According to the BBC, Johnson's supporters defended his remarks, saying that he was simply sticking up for "liberal values".

Johnson has so far refused requests to apologise for the comments.

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.



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