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MR BEAN BACKS BORIS: Rowan Atkinson defends BoJo in Tory Burqa row

ROWAN Atkinson has defended Boris Johnson after his controversial comments about women wearing Burkas.

The actor, known for his comedy performances in Mr Bean and Blackadder, said the remarks were funny.

Atkinson told The Times: “As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.”

He added: ‘All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them. ‘You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.’

Boris said women wearing Burqas ‘look like letterboxes’, and compared them to bank robbers in a Telegraph column.

Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis, who is a Tory wet, has forced Mr Johnson to face an investigation by an independent panel after complaints that his comments breached the Conservative Party’s code of conduct.

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