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  • Mr Speaker, if I decide to wear a turban, or you decide

  • to wear a cross, or he decides to wear a kippah or a skull cap,

  • or she decides to wear a hijab or a burqa,

  • does that mean that it is open season for

  • right honourable members of this House to make

  • derogatory and divisive remarks about our appearance?

  • 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 appreciate full well the hurt and pain felt by already vulnerable

  • Muslim women when they are described as looking like

  • bank robbers and letterboxes.

  • Hear, hear.

  • So rather than hide behind sham and whitewash investigations,

  • when will the prime minister finally apologise for his

  • derogatory and racist remarks which...

  • [applause] – Go on, Tan

  • Racist remarks, Mr Speaker, which have led to a spike in hate crime

  • and given the increasing prevalence of such incidents within his party,

  • when will the prime minister finally order an enquiry into

  • islamophobia within the Conservative party,

  • something which he and his chancellor promised on national television.

  • [applause]

  • Order. Order. Let's hear the answer. The prime minister.

  • [jeering]

  • Order. Order. Order. The response from the prime minister will be heard.

  • The prime minister.

  • Thank you Mr Speaker.

  • Now, can I just say to the honourable gentleman that

  • if he took the trouble to read the article in question,

  • he would see that it was a strong liberal defence, as he began

  • his question by saying, of everybody's right to wear

  • whatever they want in this country.

  • And I speak as somebody who is not only proud

  • to have Muslim ancestors but to be related to Sikhs such as himself.

  • And I'm also proud, Mr Speaker, to say that under this government

  • we have the most diverse cabinet in the history

  • of this country and we truly reflect modern Britain.

  • We truly reflect modern Britain and Mr Speaker, what we have

  • yet to hear from anywhere in the Labour party is any hint

  • of apology for the virus of antisemitism that is now

  • rampant in their ranks.

  • I would like to hear that for the honourable member opposite.

Mr Speaker, if I decide to wear a turban, or you decide

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Labour MP tells Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa remarks

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    林宜悉 posted on 2019/10/04
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