Boris Johnson is understood to have been cleared of breaking his party’s ‘code of conduct’ with comments he made about women wearing burqas.
A five-member panel of senior lawyers, chaired by Naomi Ellenbogen QC, cleared Johnson after deeming his remarks to be within his right to free speech, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The former Foreign Secretary had written in the Daily Telegraph newspaper in August that women who choose to wear the full-face veil resemble “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.” He also branded the conservative Islamic dress “oppressive.”
Following this, PM Theresa May had called on him to apologise. “It is very clear that the language that Boris Johnson used to describe people’s appearance has caused offense,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in August in response to Johnson’s comments. “It’s not language I would have used and I think he was wrong to have used that language, and I agree with Brandon Lewis.”