British PM May, others flay Boris Johnson for ‘Islamophobic’ remarks

Boris Johnson urged to apologise over niqab 'bank robber' comments

Sky customers were, oddly, more split on the question of whether Johnson should say sorry for his comments, but a plurality were of the view that no apology was due - 48 percent to 45 percent.

60 per cent - said the comments by the former foreign secretary were not racist, while 33 per cent thought they were.

Karim said that, as a result, "the Conservative party today has to decide whether it will be a genuine one nation political force or an English nationalist movement".

However, Taj Hargey, Imam at Oxford Islamic Congregation, said Mr Johnson "should not apologise for telling the truth", adding that his comments did not go far enough.

Among criticisms from Muslim groups, Johnson has also received words from fellow politicians including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, Theresa May, Brandon Lewis and Ruth Davidson. It promises that complaints will be investigated "in a timely and confidential manner".

In an interview with Daily Telegraph, Johnson said full-face veils should not be banned in Denmark but mentioned he found it "absolutely ridiculous" that women choose to "go around looking like letter boxes". It was the wrong language to use.

"The party chairman, the prime minister has the right to take the whip. that's the thing I'd like to see".

"I think that this wasn't an off-the-cuff slip, he wrote a column, he knew exactly what he was doing and I think it crossed from being provocative and starting a debate and actually it became rude and gratuitous", the Scots Tory leader said.

Asked what she made of the language the former foreign secretary used, Ms Dick told the BBC Asian Network: "Some people have clearly found it offensive".

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