PMQs: Applause as MP demands apology for Boris Johnson burka remarks

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PMQs: Applause as MP demands apology for Boris Johnson burka remarks
PMQs: Applause as MP demands apology for Boris Johnson burka remarks

Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi asked Boris Johnson when he would “finally apologise” for his Telegraph column in which he described Muslim women as looking like “letterboxes”.

Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi said the prime minister had added to the “hurt and pain” felt by an already vulnerable minority group.

Johnson triggered a fierce backlash last August when he used his column in The Daily Telegraph when he said women wearing a face veil looked like “letter boxes”. He also compared them to “bank robbers”.

A survey published by the anti-racism organisation Tell MAMA on Monday found there had been a 375% increase in anti-Muslim incidents in the week after he made the comment.

Johnson was cleared of breaching Conservative Party rules following an investigation into his use of language.

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