Johnson facing Tory probe over burka comments

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And as the row rages on for the fourth day, a string of Tory Remainers have publicly stuck the knife into Mr Johnson - demanding he apologise.

The former Foreign Secretary's supporters countered that his enemies were plotting against him in an attempt to scupper his hopes of succeeding Theresa May.

Warsi responded in The Guardian, saying Johnson had used rightwing, "alt-right" language in criticising the appearance of the burqa, which contributes to a view that "Muslim women are fair game".

But Conor Burns MP, a vocal supporter of Mr Johnson, said it was "bizarre" for Commissioner Dick to use her position to look into the comments with rising crime in the Capital.

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Andrew Bridgen, the Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, said he felt "uncomfortable" speaking to a woman in a burka as you can't see their reaction and it goes against "millions of years of human evolution".

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson today became the latest to publicly demand Mr Johnson say sorry for the "gratuitously offensive" comments.

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis said in a tweet that he had asked Johnson to apologize.

"It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", the source said.

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But the survey for the Sky News found people are split as to whether the former foreign secretary should apologise for his remarks - 45 per cent think he should do so, 48 per cent think he should not.

It is not to be confused with the hijab, which leaves the face uncovered, or the niqab, which leaves the eyes exposed.

Mr Johnson referred to women who wore the veil as "bank robbers" and said they looked like "letter boxes".

Ms Faifi, who wears niqab, a veil which leaves the eyes uncovered, said she could "empathise" with people who find it hard to connect with women whose full faces they cannot see.

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He also said schools and universities are entitled to take the same approach if a pupil comes in "looking like a bank robber".

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