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Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Theresa May condemns Boris Johnson's burka comments

Pressure is mounting on the UK's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson to apologize for his controversial remarks about Muslim women wearing burqas.

The Conservative Party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has called on Mr Johnson to apologise for the comments.

Lewis has called on Johnson to apologise but so far the foreign secretary has refused to do so, leaving it unclear what the party will do next. "And some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended", the prime minister said.

Taking to Twitter, the Jaanan actress emphasized a woman's right to wear whatever she feels comfortable in.

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A string of other Conservatives have queued up to criticise Johnson, with Theresa May saying he used the wrong language and Lord Sheikh calling for the whip to be withdrawn.

There was no immediate sign that Johnson planned to back down.

"It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked - we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", a source close to Johnson told reporters. "If we fail to speak up for liberal".

Johnson has been in direct communication with Bannon in recent months, according to media reports.

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Sky customers were, oddly, more split on the question of whether Johnson should say sorry for his comments, but a plurality were of the view that no apology was due - 48 percent to 45 percent.

"It's not the job of the Prime Minister to tell backbenchers what to do".

"Johnson did not go far enough".

London's Met Police Commissioner has been accused of "diverting precious resources" after she revealed she asked her hate crime experts to look into whether Boris Johnson's comments on the burka constitute a hate crime.

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