Armeena Khan calls out former foreign secretary on burka comment

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Seen as a way to burnish his credentials for a future leadership contest in a climate of right-wing headwinds in Europe, Johnson set forth his views on the recent burka ban in Denmark in his column in The Daily Telegraph. It is, however, a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam.

"What's important is do we believe people should have the right to practice their religion and, in the case of women and the burqa and niqab, to choose how they dress".

The assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, said Mr Johnson was "pandering to the far-right", while Labour MP David Lammy branded him a "pound-shop Donald Trump". They send out a message that Muslim women are fair game.

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"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. If you tell me that the burka is oppressive, then I am with you", he wrote.

The party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has received at least one written complaint about Johnson's conduct from the Muslim peer Lord Sheikh and has to decide whether to launch disciplinary proceedings against Johnson or not.

Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary in July over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, was swiftly condemned by former colleagues and fellow lawmakers for his Islamophobic comment.

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"We are not bound by collective responsibility or that type of discipline and it is the wrong approach to party discipline".

They said: "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard subjects".

"We have to call it out".

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