Burkha Row MP Could Face Legal Action

A Tory MP has been warned he could face legal action if he follows through on a threat to refuse to meet constituents wearing Burkhas. Lawyers for Liberty have written to Philip Hollobone insisting that the Equality Act obliges him to avoid discrimination - adding that they would be "happy to represent any of your constituents that you refuse to meet because they are veiled". The Kettering MP sparked a row earlier this month when he argued that he needed to be face-to-face with voters who wanted his help. Mr Hollobone is trying to bring in a Private Member's Bill to ban women wearing Burkhas or Niqabs in public, after the French introduced a similar rule. The comments were criticized by Muslim groups, while the idea of a ban was dismissed by Government ministers as "un-British" and unhelpful to women.