Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Johnson facing Tory probe over burka comments

Johnson facing Tory probe over burka comments

Both May and party chairman Brandon Lewis said he should apologise, as did civil society minister Tracey Crouch who called Johnson's language "intentionally provocative".

"When we receive a formal complaint, we will investigate it in a timely and confidential manner".

He said: "Maybe there would be an investigation if Donald Trump said that".

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".

"With everything else going on in London to be diverting resources into an even cursory investigation into an article is weird", Mr Burns said according to The Telegraph. He also described female students turning up at school or university "looking like a bank robber" and described the wearing of the burqa - the veil that fully covers the face - as "oppressive".

Tousle-headed Johnson is one of Britain's best-known politicians, a popular but divisive figure known for Latin quips and verbal blunders that have included calling Papua New Guineans cannibals and accusing people in Liverpool of "wallowing" in victimhood.

Critics have accused him of stoking Islamophobia to boost his Tory leadership ambitions but his supporters have said he was speaking up for "liberal values".

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright and leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson agreed with May that Johnson's remarks had crossed a line.

The party declined to comment on the disciplinary procedure.

Meanwhile other MPs have leapt to his defence.

Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick said the comments did not amount to a hate crime and police have not received any criminal complaint against Mr Johnson.

However, Johnson, who is on holiday, has yet to speak publicly about the claims.

The resignation solidified Johnson's position as a leader of the pro-Brexit wing of the Conservative Party, which is deeply divided over its attitude to the EU. The panel has the power to refer Johnson to the Conservative Party's board, which could impose sanctions on Johnson, suspend his membership, or even expel him from the party.

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".

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