Conservatives to investigate Boris Johnson's burqa comments - Newspaper

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He said he opposed ban- ning burqas and other face-cov- ering garments worn by some Muslim women, but referred to a woman wearing the attire as "looking like a bank robber".

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis and leader Theresa May have both called on Johnson to apologize for his comments.

Atkinson wrote to The Times, saying: "As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson's joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one".

The actor, who plays funnyman Mr Bean, said that you should only apologise for a "bad joke" and that on that basis - "no apology is required". His Brexiteer credentials were bolstered when he resigned as foreign secretary in July, accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" with her plan to seek close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next year. If this goes ahead, one Tory MP told The Times it would result in "civil war" in the party.

'All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them.

"The burka and niqab are disgusting tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim".

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

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Some things are as certain as night following day or Jeff Stelling getting over-excited about a fairly innocuous footballing incident - and sure enough, Boris Johnson sparked outrage this week.

Critics claim Johnson is using the burqa comments to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party.

The Tory MP for Sutton Coldfield then suggested if Lord Sheikh handed the comments in to the police, he may find they were "actionable".

"I think a lot of your listeners will be deeply anxious about the state of our democracy and free speech", he told talkRadio.

Joining Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, he said: "I think a lot of your listeners will be deeply anxious about the state of our democracy and free speech".

Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell said there was no need for the former Cabinet minister to apologise for his "colourful" language.

'Full bandwagon jumping territory'Conor Burns, Tory MP for Bournemouth West'It's bash Boris'Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire " This [inquiry is] being use to try and discredit Boris Johnson from people who are anxious about him in inside the Conservative party and outside the Conservative party.

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