Dominic Grieve: I'll quit the Conservative party if Boris Johnson becomes leader

Aug 10, 2018, 03:19
Dominic Grieve: I'll quit the Conservative party if Boris Johnson becomes leader

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson reportedly faces a Conservative Party investigation after refusing to apologise for ridiculing women who wear the niqab as looking like "letter boxes" and "bank robbers".

Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary in July over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, was swiftly condemned by former colleagues and fellow lawmakers for his Islamophobic comment.

Mrs May said: 'I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use.

Sources close to Mr Johnson, who is now facing investigation by the party, defended his comments and claimed it was "ridiculous that these views are being attacked".

The Conservative code of conduct says members should "lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance".

But Johnson also said the robe was oppressive, ridiculous and made women look like letter boxes and bank robbers, prompting an outcry from politicians and British Muslim groups.

Lord Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said an apology would not be enough and said Mr Johnson should be stripped of the Tory whip.

Dominic Grieve has said he'll quit the Conservative party if Boris Johnson becomes leader.

Critics say burqas and similar face coverings pose a security risk and are a tool to control women.

"Yet another privileged middle-aged bloke telling women what they can and can't wear".

News of the investigation emerged as Mr Johnson was reprimanded for breaching rules for former ministers by failing to seek advice before taking up a job as a newspaper columnist after leaving the Cabinet.

Amid calls to apologise for his remarks, a former United States diplomat, and foreign policy adviser, Jim Jatras, has claimed President Donald Trump would spark similar fury if he made similar remarks.

Furthermore, given the responses from other MPs, specifically Ms Dorries, and the broader concerns that have been raised by the Muslim Council of Britain amongst others, we believe that there must now be an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Party to tackle this issue once and for all.

"These were offensive comments but clever politics", she said.

But she added that many people may not have an opportunity to meet veiled women in daily life because they are in the minority even among Muslims.

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