'Boris has caused offence' over burqa remarks, says Theresa May

'Boris has caused offence' over burqa remarks, says Theresa May

A panel of at least three people, appointed by Mr Lewis, will include one independent member, one representative of the voluntary party and one nominated by the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Disciplinary action could lead to Mr Johnson being suspended or even expelled from the Tories, but would risk igniting civil war in a party many of whose members see him as the best option to succeed Mrs May as leader.

The complaints against the former Foreign Secretary will be attended to by an independent panel. "If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto".

Several European countries, including France, Belgium and Denmark, have banned face-covering veils in public, but none of Britain's main political parties supports such a restriction.

May was "perhaps relieved she no longer has to bite her tongue when asked about her erstwhile cabinet colleague", says The Times.

"I welcome this investigation into Boris but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

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Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi, a former party chairwoman, accused Johnson of adopting the "dog-whistle" tactics of right-wing firebrand Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump's former top aide. Wear it as a badge of honour. They get closed out of the game. He has not said sorry.

According to insiders close to Johnson, he has no intention of apologising and insists that he was making a liberal case against imposing a burka ban. "It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked".

"It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked - we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", a source close to Johnson told reporters.

"The women who wear the niqab and report into us clearly report to us they are called telephone boxes, letter boxes, bin bags, when they are abused and when they are assaulted".

Brandon Lewis, the Tory chairman, will play no part in appointing the investigating... "He loves the great melting point that is London and recognises what diverse cultures bring to our capital city", says Perrior, who helped Johnson to become London mayor before heading into Number 10 as Theresa May's communications director.

Former UKIP leader and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said he thought Johnson's comments made him more, not less likely to be the next Conservative party leader.

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