Boris Johnson’s comments on women wearing the burqa gave the impression that the Tories were “insensitive to Muslim communities,” according to a review of Islamophobia within the party.
Several witnesses told the independent inquiry that Mr Johnson’s comments comparing women wearing burqas to bank robbers and letterboxes were “discriminatory and unacceptable”.
The inquiry criticized conservatives for failing to investigate racism, with two-thirds of the complaints regarding anti-Muslim discrimination. “Anti-Muslim sentiment remains a problem within the party,” according to the report’s findings.
Conservative MP must ‘resign immediately’, says Labor Party
Labor is calling on Rob Roberts to step down as Tory MP for Delyn after a House of Commons watchdog found “significant” violations of Parliament’s policy on sexual misconduct.
“The fact that such serious abuses do not automatically lead to the recall of an MP is absurd and unfair and the Labor Party will support legislation to correct this injustice,” said Angela Rayner.
The deputy leader of the Labor Party added: “He should not be in his role for one more day.”
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 12:33 p.m.
Tory MP’s potential suspension will not trigger recall petition
Tory MP Rob Roberts’ six-week suspension for “material” violations of Parliament’s policy on sexual misconduct – if approved by MPs – would not trigger a recall petition. There will therefore be no by-elections at its headquarters in Delyn.
The recall rules allow a recall only in the event of suspension by the Commons Standards Committee and not by the Independent Expert Group (IEP), according to Politico.
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 12:25 p.m.
‘Bonkers this is news’
Lots of talk on social media about the sensational news that Boris Johnson will cover the costs of his own wedding next year.
The Prime Minister will pay for the shindig * even * if he chooses his official Checkers country house as the location.
“It is absolutely crazy that this fact is news,” says David Lammy of Labor. “Will Boris Johnson be a big boy and dress up too without the help of the UK taxpayer?” “
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 12:05 PM
I wouldn’t have commented on the burqa as PM, says Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson has issued a qualified apology for the offense caused by his past remarks on Muslim women, in new remarks made in the critical report on his party’s handling of complaints of Islamophobia.
“I know things that I have said have been offended, that people expect someone in my place to do things right, but in journalism you have to use the language freely. I am obviously sorry for any infringement, ”Johnson said, citing the report.
“Would I use some of the offensive language from my past writing today?” Now that I’m Prime Minister, I wouldn’t.
You can follow all the latest information on our live Covid blog, but ministers are criticized for not explaining the lockdown advice in Covid hotspots.
It emerged Tuesday morning that the government had advised against all but essential travel to eight regions of England – without notifying local leaders.
“Making a major change that will impact so many people without even telling them is utter shame,” Labor leader Keir Starmer tweeted.
“The government needs to be clear, quickly. Local lockdowns are not the right approach for both public health and local economies. “
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 11:40 AM
PM: Belarus will face “consequences”
Boris Johnson said a video of captured journalist Roman Protasevich, released Monday by Belarusian authorities, was “deeply distressing” and called for his release.
He tweeted: “Roman Protasevich’s video makes viewing deeply distressing. As a journalist and passionate supporter of freedom of expression, I call for his immediate release. Belarusian actions will have consequences. “
Belarus said on Tuesday it had invited European, US and international aviation officials to investigate the forced landing of a commercial flight to Minsk carrying a dissident journalist.
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 11:32 AM
Tory MP faces sexual misconduct suspension, watchdog says
Tory MP Rob Roberts is set to be suspended for six weeks for “material” violations of Parliament’s policy on sexual misconduct, a Commons watchdog has said.
The Independent Panel of Experts (IEP) said Roberts “made repeated and unwanted sexual advances” to one of his employees and used “his position as an employer to put pressure on him to join. “.
Leaked WhatsApp messages showed Roberts asked a 21-year-old intern to “have fun” with him. In another incident, he also admitted to asking another House of Commons employee, which caused them to move out.
MPs will now decide whether they will support the recommended six-week sanction.
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 11:31 AM
Youngest UK MP takes PTSD leave
The youngest British MP was told by her doctor of “several weeks” to be absent from work because she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nadia Whittome, of Labor, has announced that she will be taking a leave of absence from the House of Commons after months of trying to manage her condition in addition to working full time.
The MP for Nottingham East said: “I think it is important for me to be honest that I have a mental illness, especially post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer praised Ms Whittome’s ‘bravery’ in speaking openly about her mental health issues, and said he looked forward to welcoming her back.
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 11:25 AM
Brexit is responsible for tensions in Northern Ireland, says EU chief
The recent tensions in Northern Ireland are not the result of the protocol but stem from Brexit itself, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The provisions of the protocol mean a new round of checks on goods at the province’s ports, angering trade unionists who believe Northern Ireland is separate from the rest of the UK.
As talks continue between the EU and the UK to resolve some protocol issues, the new DUP chief Edwin Poots has demanded that it be dropped.
But Ms von der Leyen insisted that would not happen. “There should be no doubt that there is no alternative to the full and correct implementation of the protocol,” she said.
The EU chief added: “If we see problems today, we must not forget that they are not coming from the protocol but that they are the result of Brexit. This is the reason why the problems are there. “
Adam ForrestMay 25, 2021 11:16
Johnson’s remarks “insensitive to Muslim communities,” report says
Boris Johnson’s notorious comments about women wearing the burqa gave the impression that the Tories were “insensitive to Muslim communities,” according to an independent review of allegations of Islamophobia within the party.
Johnson sparked furore in 2018 with a newspaper column in which he compared women wearing burqas to “bank robbers” and “letterboxes.”
In a specific message to the Prime Minister, the review led by Professor Swaran Singh said the party leadership “should set a good example in terms of appropriate behavior and language.”
“Several” witnesses told Professor Singh’s investigation that they found Mr Johnson’s language “discriminatory and unacceptable,” according to the report.