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

Source: The Guardian

Inquiry into Islamophobia in Tory party called for amid condemnation for likening Muslim women to letterboxes


Boris Johnson
 Boris Johnson said in his Telegraph column that Muslim women in burqas looked ‘like letter boxes’. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

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.

In a letter to Lewis, the shadow equalities minister, Naz Shah, said Johnson’s comments were “ugly and naked Islamophobia” and said Lewis should abide by his word to give Tory members diversity training to combat Islamophobia.

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