Chancellor Sajid Javid has refused to criticize British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his use of language to describe Muslim women.
Speaking on the campaign trail, Mr. Javid struggled to explain Boris Johnson’s use of words like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers” to describe Muslim women wearing a veil.
Last year, the British prime minister in column in Telegraph had described Muslim women in a derogative manner.
It follows criticism of the Conservatives by the Muslim Council of Britain, which accused the party of “denial, dismissal and deceit” with regards to Islamophobia on the day that the UK’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis warned Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism made him unfit to be prime minister.
Speaking to reporters, Javid said the prime minister had explained why he’s used that language adding the article “was to defend the rights of women, whether Muslim women and others to wear what they like, so he’s explained that and I think he’s given a perfectly valid explanation”.
“Whenever this issue has come about (for) the Conservative Party, no-one has ever credibly suggested that it’s an issue with the leadership of the party, whether that’s the leader of the party of the day or the chancellor or other senior figures, no-one’s suggested that,” Javid said.
Johnson later dismissed the criticism by the Muslim Council of Britain of the Conservative Party’s handling of Islamophobia within its ranks.
The prime minister told reporters that he did not agree with the claim that his party had approached Islamophobia with “denial, dismissal and deceit”.
“What we do in the Tory Party is when anybody is guilty of any kind of prejudice or discrimination against another group then they’re out first bounce,” he said.
Johnson said his party would hold an inquiry into “all forms of prejudice” starting before the end of the year, despite having previously pledged to hold one specifically on Islamophobia.