Boris Johnson Defended By Leading Imam Over Burka Comments

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"I am told that I am being blasphemous for questioning the veil, and the extreme Wahhabist narrative which justifies the idea that it is required by Islam".

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.

'Collateral damage in his wish to be PM are electors of Uxbridge (where he rarely ventures), Nazanin (whose life he endangered) and now Muslim Women (ever-more vulnerable to hate crime)'.

Mr Johnson is coming under growing pressure from Remainers to apologise for his burqa comments - or face being kicked out of the party.

Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg said there was no need for Mr Johnson to apologise and said Mrs May was "clearly wrong" to ask a backbencher to apologise.

She wrote, "As a feminist, what really disgusts me in this whole episode is that Muslim women are simply political fodder, their lives a convenient battleground on which to stake out a leadership bid".

Lord Sheikh, the president of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said "severe action" should be taken against Johnson, including the withdrawal of the party whip.

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The complaints will be assessed by an independent panel appointed by the Conservative party Chairman Brandon Lewis and the Chair of the 1992 backbench committee of Conservative MPs.

Johnson is yet to issue a response. By a narrow margin of 48 per cent to 45 per cent they thought he did not need to say sorry for his comments.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Britain's one-time top diplomat said women wearing the burqa looked like "letter-boxes" or "bank robbers".

"If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto".

Mr Johnson branded the burka "oppressive" and said it is "weird and bullying to expect people to cover their faces".

"I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

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