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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