Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has called out PM Boris Johnson for making Islamophobic comments equating a letter box to a burqa.

The comments refer to comments Johnson had made in his 2018 column in the Daily Telegraph.

Dhesi confronted Johnson on this ill-conceived remark during his first PMQs, saying, “If I decide to wear a turban, or you decide to wear a cross, or he decides to wear a kippah or 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 or divisive remarks about our appearance?”

Continuing, Dhesi noted, “For those of us who 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 bank robbers and letter boxes.”

The Sikh MP concluded his statement with the following, “Rather than hide behind sham and whitewashed investigations, when will the Prime Minister finally apologise for his derogatory and racist remarks which have led to a spike in hate crime and given the increasing prevalence of such incidents in his party? When will the Prime Minister finally order an inquiry into Islamophobia within the Conservative Party, something which he and his chancellor promised on national television?”

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By Arjen Gill

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