Armeena Khan calls out former foreign secretary on burka comment

Armeena Khan calls out former foreign secretary on burka comment

Lewis has called on Johnson to apologise but so far the foreign secretary has refused to do so, leaving it unclear what the party will do next. If a woman wants to wear a burqa, it's her right Mr. Boris Johnson.

Sources close to Johnson said earlier this week that calls for him to apologise for the comments were "ridiculous".

'Collateral damage in his wish to be PM are electors of Uxbridge (where he rarely ventures), Nazanin (whose life he endangered) and now Muslim Women (ever-more vulnerable to hate crime)'.

Boris Johnson has caused outrage with a newspaper article comparing women in burkas to bank robbers.

She said: 'It's this thing about not taking things seriously, you know, like the old Boris of old: "Oh sorry, I've just s***ged your wife, didn't realise", that kind of thing'.

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May also urged the former London mayor to apologise for his comments.

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The US State Department told Agence France-Presse it was looking into the report, but does not comment on intelligence matters. The Secret Service said in a statement that the Guardian article was "wrought with irresponsible and inaccurate reporting".

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner acknowledged that many people have found the comments offensive.

When asked about Mr Johnson he appeared to respond with apparent irony: "What a great guy".

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. "He should not have used it", May said.

A source close to Johnson said, "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues".

But other Tories have come to Johnson's defence.

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.

But this could ignite a civil war in a party in which many members see him as the best option to succeed Mrs May as leader.

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