Former Tory leader defends Boris Johnson over burqa comments
Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith has said that the party’s internal disciplinary system should not be used “to shut down” Boris Johnson after his controversial comments about fully veiled Muslim women.
The MP voiced unhappiness that Johnson had been referred to the party’s internal disciplinary process on Thursday, and argued that the former foreign secretary had a right to free speech, even if people took offence at his remarks.
“You may not agree with the tone or the jokes, but we have a thing called freedom of speech in this country,” Duncan Smith told the BBC’s Today... read more
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