Boris Johnson urged to apologise for ‘derogatory and racist’ letterboxes article

Addressing the prime minister, Singh said: “For those of us who from a young age have had to endure and face up to being called names such as towel-head, or Taliban, or coming from bongo-bongo land, we can fully appreciate the hurt and pain of already vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes.

“Rather than hide behind sham and whitewash investigations, when will the prime minister finally apologise for his derogatory and racist remarks?”

He asked when Johnson was going to order an inquiry into Islamophobia within the Conservative party, adding it was “something he and his chancellor promised on national television”.

The MP for Slough, 41, was cheered by Labour colleagues shouting: “Go on Tan” during his passionate address and applauded after his question, a rare move by MPs who by convention are not supposed to clap in the Commons.

…Earlier this week, the monitoring organisation Tell Mama found that the number of incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime rose by 375% in the week after Johnson compared Muslim women who wear burqas to letterboxes.

Boris Johnson urged to apologise for ‘derogatory and racist’ letterboxes article | Politics | The Guardian


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