Controversial calls to ban "offensive" full-face veils in all schools
A tory MP has caused Twitter storm after calling for "offensive" full-face veils to be banned in all schools and colleges.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, Devon, said some women found the niqab ‘deeply offensive’ and should not be accused of being bigoted for criticising them.
She made the comments on Twitter following a
college’s U-turn last week on banning students wearing veils and before a judge is due to decide today on whether a Muslim woman can stand trial while wearing one.
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Dr Wollaston, said: "The niqab should be banned within schools and colleges; how on earth do they promote equality when they collude with making women invisible?"
She also wrote: "A general ban on the niqab simply won’t happen in the UK but that doesn’t mean that it should be endorsed by schools or courts."
The MP said her view was "not bigotry" and that this accusation was "the cudgel used to repress debate."
She added: "Feminists should be allowed to say that they find the niqab deeply offensive without being accused of being bigoted or Islamaphobic."
What do you think? Should full-face veils be banned in our schools and colleges?