Philip Hollobone MP calls for British ban on face veil

Philip Hollobone MP calls for British ban on face veil

The Government should press on with banning the veil in Britain after a French law doing the same was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights, a Tory MP said today.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone, who has proposed back bench legislation to ban face coverings in the past, urged Commons Leader Andrew Lansley to find time for a Government statement on the issue.

Mr Hollobone, a prominent Eurosceptic who more typically criticises the European Court, raised the issue at the weekly Commons business statement.

He said: "This week finally, at long last, we have had a sensible decision from the European Court of Human Rights about something.”

"Given this week, the court has decided that the ban on Islamic veils in France breaches no-one's human rights, will you or another member of the Government next week make a statement to the House that Her Majesty's Government intends to introduce such legislation into this country?” he added.

Mr Hollobone said: "We will never have a fully functioning, fully integrated multi-cultural society if growing numbers of our citizens go around with their faces covered."

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights declared in a landmark decision the French ban does not breach human rights laws.

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