Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Dominic Grieve: I'll quit the Conservative party if Boris Johnson becomes leader

Dominic Grieve: I'll quit the Conservative party if Boris Johnson becomes leader

A majority of adults in the United Kingdom do not believe Boris Johnson's comments describing women who wear burkas as looking like "letter boxes" and "bank robbers" are racist, a poll has suggested.

Johnson, who is said to be on a foreign holiday, has not spoken out since his column was published on Monday.

Meanwhile, the founder and president of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Lord Sheikh, stepped up his demands for the Conservative whip to be withdrawn.

Following a growing chorus of condemnation over Johnson's derogatory views he made about Muslim women wearing burqas, Britain's Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said on Tuesday he had asked Johnson to apologize.

"I do not think it was offensive".

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Ms Davidson, who is talked about as a possible Remainer rival to MrJohnson for the leadership, however, went further, saying Mr Johnson's comments had been "gratuitously offensive" and that he needed to apologise. "These words are very inflammatory", he told Sky News.

Soubry lent her support to former Conservative minister Dominic Grieve who said that he would leave the party should Johnson become leader.

Mr Johnson, who quit Theresa May's Cabinet last month in a dispute over Brexit negotiations, used a newspaper column to argue against calls for a ban on the face-covering veils in public places, but described them as "absolutely ridiculous" and compared their wearers to rebellious teenagers.

"I believe many One Nation Tories would not stay in the Conservative Party should [Boris Johnson] become leader", she wrote on Twitter.

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