LONDON (Reuters) – Former overseas secretary Boris Johnson will likely be investigated for a attainable breach of the Conservative Party’s code of conduct after making feedback about Muslim ladies who put on burqas, a celebration supply mentioned on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses a particular session of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) within the Hague, Netherlands June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
The supply mentioned a lot of complaints had been acquired and can be thought-about by an impartial panel.
A spokesman for the celebration declined to verify the investigation. “The code of conduct process is strictly confidential,” he mentioned in an announcement.
Johnson wrote in The Daily Telegraph this week that Denmark was unsuitable to ban the burqa, a head-to-toe cloak which conceals the face with a mesh or is worn along with the niqab – a face veil that leaves solely the eyes uncovered.
But Johnson, who resigned final month over the government’s Brexit plans, additionally mentioned the gown was oppressive, ridiculous and made ladies appear like letter containers and financial institution robbers, prompting an outcry from different politicians and British Muslim teams.
The Conservative celebration’s web site says suspension of membership or expulsion from the celebration are among the many final choices open to its board on conclusion of a code of conduct investigation.
Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan; enhancing by Stephen Addison