Tories should ditch Boris Johnson for his anti-burqa remarks: Lord Sheikh

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LONDON: Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Iltaf Sheikh has demanded that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson should be kicked out of the Conservative Party for his remarks about the burka (veil). Furious Lord Sheikh said demands from the PM for an apology were not enough.
He has called for Mr Johnson to have the whip removed – meaning the MP would no longer represent the Tory party. Mr Johnson said Muslim women wearing burkas “look like letter boxes” and compared them to “bank robbers”. A source said he stood by the comments. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said there was no reason not to have a “robust conversation”, but added:
“We’re not talking to our friends in the pub, we are public figures and we have an additional obligation to be careful.” In his Daily Telegraph article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not be banned but that it was “absolutely ridiculous” women chose to “go around looking like letter boxes”.
Theresa May has backed calls for an apology. The prime minister said the remarks had “clearly caused offence”. Lord Sheikh, a former adviser to David Cameron, told BBC News night: “Take the whip from him. Why not? He’s not a super human being; he’s a member of the party. The party chairman, the prime minister has the right to take the whip.
“It’s not out of order and that’s the thing I’d like to see.” Mr Johnson, who is a former mayor of London and the current MP for Uxbridge and South Rosily, has long been seen as a potential candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party.
He fronted the successful Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, and resigned as foreign secretary last month in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plans. His comments have seen him accused of using the issue of Muslim women’s veils as a “political football” to further his leadership ambitions.