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Boris Johnson’s contempt for Muslim women is part of a dangerous pattern

On Monday, in a column in the Daily Telegraph, Boris Johnson compared fully veiled Muslim women to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. Thankfully, both the prime minister Theresa May and the Conservative party chair Brandon Lewis have asked Johnson to apologise. Others in my party and in the media have seen fit to defend him. I’d like to set out precisely why his remarks are indefensible, and have no place in the modern Conservative party – and the action I think needs to follow. Read more

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Boris Johnson accused of ‘dog-whistle’ Islamophobia over burqa comments

Boris Johnson has been accused of “dog-whistle” Islamophobia by a former Conservative chair after he compared Muslim women in burqas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.” Sayeeda Warsi said the lack of action by the party over Johnson’s comments showed it was “business as usual.” Labour demanded that the Conservative chair, Brandon Lewis, refer the former foreign secretary for mandatory equalities training, amid renewed calls for the party to open an independent investigation into Islamophobia in the party. Read more

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Baroness Warsi says Islamophobia is rampant in UK Conservative party

One of former prime minister David Cameron’s top officials said to Business Insider on Monday that Islamophobia is rampant in the UK’s Conservative Party. Baroness Warsi, who served as Cameron’s minister without portfolio, told Business Insider: “[Islamophobia] is very widespread [in the Conservative Party]. It exists right from the grassroots, all the way up to the top,” she said. Read more