Lord Pickles Backs Calls For Boris To Apologise Over Burka Remarks

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP has stirred the Conservative party into a frenzy with the comments, as many urged Mr Johnson to apologise and they said the comments riled up anti-Muslim sentiment.

But a Sky News poll found that 45% of voters thought he should apologise, while 48% thought he should not.

A Labour MP has become a viral sensation on Twitter after she did an impersonation of Boris Johnson.

"I don't regard him as a fit and proper person to lead a political party and certainly not the Conservative Party". The ban was upheld in 2017 by the European Court of Human Rights following a challenge by two Muslim women.

But he added: "I wish he hadn't accompanied it with a comment that I certainly wouldn't make and I think many people would find offensive, yes".

The party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has received at least one written complaint about Johnson's conduct from the Muslim peer Lord Sheikh and has to decide whether to launch disciplinary proceedings against Johnson or not.

Johnson has yet to comment on the row triggered by his Daily Telegraph column on Monday - but has show no sign of backing down.

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And Munira Mirza, a former deputy mayor of London, said: "There is a political fight here".

Such fundamentalist interpretations of Islam were once fairly fringe even in much of the Middle East, with full-face veils and putting hijabs on young children decidedly outside the mainstream - but they have become increasingly common in the multicultural West, pushed by foreign governments and Islamist institutions with deep pockets. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leading backbench Brexiteer, said May was "clearly wrong" to have demanded Johnson apologise. That step would mean he could not represent the party, and would be barred from standing in a future leadership contest. May said she agreed with Lewis.

"These were offensive comments but clever politics", she said. "Can you imagine if a man comes along, and you're wearing a miniskirt, and he pulls it down?"

"What's important is do we believe people should have the right to practice their religion and, in the case of women and the burqa and niqab, to choose how they dress".

And he said "it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

"Working in the NHS for the past four years, I have never had any problems with my lab colleagues", she said.

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