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LASH & STONE HIM: Muslim Peer vows “Severe action” over Boris Burqa comments

A MUSLIM Tory Peer has called for “severe action” over Boris’ comparison to women in burkas looking like “bank robbers”.

Tory peer Lord Sheikh who is the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum said that the whip should be withdrawn from the Tory heavyweight and potential Future PM.

He told the BBC: “Take the whip from him. Why not? He’s not a super human being, he’s a member of the party.

“The party chairman, the prime minister has the right to take the whip… that’s the thing I’d like to see.”

His comments come as Theresa May backs calls for Mr Johnson to apologise.

But he has so far defied mounting calls for him to retract his comments.

The prime minister said the remarks “clearly caused offence” as she told him to say sorry.

Mrs May said: “Some of the terms Boris used describing people’s appearance obviously have offended.

“What’s important is do we believe people should have the right to practise their religion and, in the case of women and the burka and niqab, to choose how they dress.

“I believe women should be able to choose how they dress.”

A source close to the former foreign secretary told Sky News it was “ridiculous” his views were being “attacked”.

They said Britain must not “fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on serious issues”.

The source added: “We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists.”

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage urged Mr Johnson to stick to his guns, telling Sky News he should “stand firm” and not apologise.

Mr Farage told Sky News: “There’s a big question here. Should public figures be allowed to say what they really think without being shouted down and the constant demands for them to apologise?

“I don’t know what Boris will do. In the past we have seen him back down and apologise for things he’s said.

“My view is on this he really should stand firm and he will have a big majority of ordinary people thinking he’s got every right to say this.”

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