US News Tory former chief whip and Mr Bean star back Boris Johnson in burka row

05:00  10 august  2018
05:00  10 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Johnson remark does not 'reach bar' for criminal offence

  Johnson remark does not 'reach bar' for criminal offence Boris Johnson's comments comparing women who wear the burka to "bank robbers" and "letter boxes" would not "reach the bar" for a criminal offence, the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has said. Commissioner Cressida Dick admitted that "some people have clearly found it offensive" but that officers that specialise in dealing with hate crime believed "he did not commit a criminal offence". She stressed no allegation had yet been received that Mr Johnson committed a hate crime.

Boris Johnson should be kicked out of the Conservative Party for his remarks about the burka , a Muslim peer says. He has called for Mr Johnson to have the whip removed - meaning the MP would no longer represent the Tory party.

Rowan Atkinson, one of Britain’s best- known comedians, has said that Boris Johnson ’s comments about the burka were funny and urged him not to apologise. The man behind Blackadder and Mr Bean defended the former foreign secretary’s right to poke fun at religion.

Watch: Theresa May Reacts After Boris Johnson Caused a Political Firestorm Offending British Muslims (Time)

A Tory former chief whip has backed Boris Johnson in the burka row, saying he had no need to apologise for making inflammatory comments about Muslim women.

Andrew Mitchell said the former foreign secretary had used “colourful” language but had not committed an offence.

Boris Johnson comments: Boris Johnson is facing a continued backlash in the burka row (Victoria Jones/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Boris Johnson is facing a continued backlash in the burka row (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mr Johnson also won support from a surprising source when comedian Rowan Atkinson waded into the furore.

JANET STREET-PORTER: Boris Johnson is a buffoon but if there's one thing we all need to agree on it's that our society is built on the absolute freedom to disagree

  JANET STREET-PORTER: Boris Johnson is a buffoon but if there's one thing we all need to agree on it's that our society is built on the absolute freedom to disagree Boris thrives on the oxygen of publicity, which explains his latest rantings about women in burkas looking like 'letterboxes', made at a time when he's not in any position of real power. Video: Boris 'should be kicked out of the Tory party' (LBC) require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_5b270d72-acc8-43aa-9875-666229c4cc7e").all(); }); Actually, he was making a valid point - that Denmark's decision to ban wearing the burka in the street - following France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the German republic of Bavaria- was ill-advised.

Meanwhile former Tory former chief whip Andrew Mitchell said Mr Johnson had used 'colourful' language but had not committed an offence. Imam Taj Hargey has backed Boris Johnson in the ongoing burka row .

Boris Johnson should be kicked out of the Conservative Party for his remarks about the burka , a Muslim peer says. He has called for Mr Johnson to have the whip removed - meaning the MP would no longer represent the Tory party.

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star said the former Cabinet minister had made a “pretty good” joke when he suggested women wearing face-veils looked like letterboxes, and insisted it was pointless to apologise for joking about religion as it always causes offence.

In a letter to The Times, he wrote: “You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.”

Mr Johnson is facing investigation by an independent panel following complaints that his comments on the burka breached the Conservative Party’s code of conduct.

Boris Johnson avoids burka row in new column

  Boris Johnson avoids burka row in new column Boris Johnson appears to have moved on from the row sparked by his comments on women wearing the burka after he avoided the subject in his latest Daily Telegraph column. The former foreign secretary came under fire after writing that Muslim women who wear face veils looked like "letterboxes" and "bank robbers" in his column last week.However, this week he chose to turn his attention to proposals to encourage house building - despite a week of intense debate between those defending him and those outraged by his remarks.

Conservative peer Lord Sheikh, the former of the Conservative Muslim Forum, called for the party to take "severe action" and remove the whip from Mr Johnson . It's almost 24 hours since Brandon Lewis, the Tory chairman, said he had asked Boris Johnson to apologise - and there's no sign of

Tories at war over Boris Johnson burka row : Remainer MPs Dr Huq, a Cambridge graduate, is the sister of former Blue Peter present Konnie Huq. Mr Johnson is coming under growing pressure from Remainers to apologise for his burqa comments - or face being kicked out of the party.

Mr Mitchell, who was chief whip in 2012, told BBC Two’s Newsnight: “I don’t think he should apologise.

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson © press association The Blackadder and Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson

“But I think what’s important is that the procedures of the party now take place.

“This is quite an important issue about free speech and it’s got nothing to do with the dreadful events that take place over Enoch Powell and the Rivers of Blood speech.

“Boris was speaking out against a ban of the type that’s taken place in Denmark and some other countries.”

Despite the row engulfing the Conservatives, the latest YouGov poll for The Times put the party four points ahead.

The research found that 39% of the public would vote Tory, an increase of one point on the previous week when both parties were level.

'No impunity for Boris': Muslim Council of Britain demands full disciplinary inquiry into ex-Foreign Secretary in letter to PM amid ‘rise in Islamophobia’ over his burka comments

  'No impunity for Boris': Muslim Council of Britain demands full disciplinary inquiry into ex-Foreign Secretary in letter to PM amid ‘rise in Islamophobia’ over his burka comments The Muslim Council of Britain says Islamophobic incidents have risen since Mr Johnson (pictured yesterday) compared women in veils to bank robbers and letterboxes. The organisation is today writing to Mrs May demanding a full disciplinary inquiry as allies including the former Foreign Secretary's father and sister said he 'didn't go far enough'.  The MCB's letter says: 'We are hopeful that the party will not allow any whitewashing of this specific inquiry currently in process. No one should be allowed to victimise minorities with impunity.

Boris Johnson has stood by his remarks about the burka after the Conservative Party chairman told him to apologise. PM Theresa May has backed calls for Mr Johnson to apologise, saying Media captionSenior Conservative Muslim peer Lord Sheikh calls on party to take whip away from Johnson .

Boris Johnson has stood by his remarks about the burka after the Conservative Party chairman The former foreign secretary has been criticised for saying Muslim women wearing burkas "look like PM Theresa May has backed calls for Mr Johnson to apologise, saying the remarks have "clearly

Labour, which has faced continued pressure over its handling of anti-Semitism in the party, fell three points to 35%.

Theresa May was 14 points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn, up seven points on last week, on the question of who would make the best prime minister.

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The PM, Tory chairman Brandon Lewis and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson have all urged Mr Johnson to apologise in the Burka row.

But the former Cabinet minister, who is holidaying abroad, has made no response to demands for an apology.

And sources close to the Uxbridge MP made clear earlier this week that he stands by the article on Monday, in which he argued against a burka ban, but said that the garment was “oppressive” and “ridiculous”.

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.

Under party rules, the head of the investigation may dismiss complaints that are obviously trivial or lacking in merit and those which cannot fairly be investigated.

Lord Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, was one of those to write to Mr Lewis to demand “serious action” in response to what critics described as Islamophobia by the former Cabinet minister.

The Tory peer said he had received a wave of abuse since speaking out against Mr Johnson.

Of the 75 emails he had received about the issue, 15 were supportive while the rest “were vile”.

He told Newsnight: “I hope Boris Johnson realises he has let the genie out of the bottle.”

– YouGov interviewed 1,675 adults in Britain on August 8 and 9.  

100 Muslim women demand Tories kick out Johnson .
100 British Muslim women who wear a burka or niqab have written to Conservative chair Brandon Lewis, demanding Boris Johnson be kicked out of the party. The letter, seen exclusively by Sky News, says an apology would be "insufficient" and that Mr Johnson made a "deliberate choice" to "inflame tensions in a way that makes it easier for bigots to justify hate crime against us".They speak as "free women who are able to speak for ourselves and make our own choices" and condemn the former foreign secretary for comparing women who wear the burka to "bank robbers" and "letterboxes".

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