Newspaper: Conservatives to investigate Boris Johnson's burqa comments

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Johnson said that schools and universities should expect students to remove face coverings if they turn up "looking like a bank robber".

If Mr Johnson's comments are found to have breached the party code of conduct, he may face a string of punitive measures. His Brexiteer credentials were bolstered when he resigned as foreign secretary in July, accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" with her plan to seek close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next year.

'All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them. "On that basis, no apology is required", he wrote, in a letter to the Times. It is, however, a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam.

"The burqa and niqab are ugly tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim", he wrote in The Times.

But Atkinson, in a letter to The Times, said the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip had just been telling a joke.

Theresa May was 14 points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn, up seven points on last week, on the question of who would make the best prime minister.

"We are not bound by collective responsibility or that type of discipline and it is the wrong approach to party discipline".

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A Conservative MP has said it is a "very dark day" for United Kingdom democracy and free speech over the independent investigation into Boris Johnson's comments about the burqa.

"I think people are whipping up a little mountain out of a molehill on this one, I really do".

Mr Mitchell, who was chief whip in 2012, told BBC Two's Newsnight: "I don't think he should apologise".

"This is quite an important issue about free speech and it's got nothing to do with the terrible events that take place over Enoch Powell and the Rivers of Blood speech".

He added: "But let's look at what Boris said: he expressed himself in quite colourful language".

The letter also said that Johnson's choice of Islamophobic words was deliberate and "was made to inflame tensions in a way that makes it easier for bigots to justify hate crime against us", adding further support to Tory peer Lord Sheik's request that Johnson lose the party whip, meaning he would no longer represent the party. "We've got to be able to have this debate".

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