U.K. Conservatives to investigate Boris Johnson's 'letter box' burqa comments

Glen Norman
August 11, 2018

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Johnson had been "rude and gratuitous" and "knew exactly what he was doing".

Boris has caused a storm of controversy with his remarks which have set him at odds with the Prime Minister and Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis.

60 per cent - said the comments by the former foreign secretary were not racist, while 33 per cent thought they were.

A panel of at least three people, appointed by Mr Lewis, will include one independent member, one representative of the voluntary party and one nominated by the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Now the Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre has said Mr Johnson has attempted to "diminish" the status of Muslim women as British citizens.

"It is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes", he wrote.

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

A poll yesterday showed that the majority of the public did not feel he should apologise - and in fact a majority supported a ban on the burka, something which Mr Johnson did not even advocate for.

Johnson also noted that if "a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber", he would request that she remove the burqa if she wanted to speak with him. She said she welcomed an investigation, "but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident". 'It was the wrong language to use.

"It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked - we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", a source close to Johnson told reporters.

She further said that a woman is not answerable to anyone if they wish to wear a burqa.

A source told the BBC that it was "ridiculous" to attack the former minister's views.

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.

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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