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Armeena Khan calls out former foreign secretary on burka comment

09 August 2018, 02:26 | Erica Roy

“He needs to accept that if he wants to run for leadership he needs to lead by example

Boris Johnson Conservative burka

In his article, Johnson said he opposed a ban on face-covering veils, but added that it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter-boxes".

Prime Minister Theresa May joined in the chorus of calls for Johnson to apologize. May said she agreed with Lewis.

And Armeena Khan's not having any of it.

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

Latin-spouting, tousle-headed Johnson is a former mayor of London and one of Britain's best-known politicians.


Many expect May to face a leadership challenge if faltering Brexit negotiations don't improve - and Johnson is likely to be a contender to replace her.

Cressida Dick said his remarks, made in this newspaper, do not meet the threshold for a criminal offence after she asked her officers to look into them on Wednesday evening.

Warsi responded in The Guardian, saying Johnson had used rightwing, "alt-right" language in criticising the appearance of the burqa, which contributes to a view that "Muslim women are fair game".

Sajjad Karim, the party's representative for North-West England, said Johnson's controversial comments had pushed the boundaries of acceptable political debate and as a result the party had to decide what future it wanted to embrace. "Boris knew the effect and the impact that this kind of dog-whistle politics would have". The clothing has already been banned in France.

Karim said that "Boris is playing to the gallery that exists at the right of the party" and by refusing to apologise was "positioning himself as the great defender of the right some believe they have to say whatever they like with no regard of consequences for others".



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