Boris Johnson avoided answering any questions about his ‘offensive’ comments about women who wear burkas by distracting journalists outside his home with cups of tea.
The former Foreign Secretary – under fire for comparing women in the face-covering viels to bank robbers and letterboxes – has refused to apologise for the remarks.
He emerged from his home in Oxfordshire on Sunday evening carrying a tray of mugs and milk, telling the media: ‘I have nothing to say about this matter except to offer you some tea.’
He returned from holiday in Italy this week to outrage over his comments, made in an article he wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.
Today his father Stanley Johnson jumped to his defence saying was Johnson was ‘spot on’.
But when a reporter outside his home pressed him on whether he ‘regretted his comments’, the ex-Mayor of London evaded the question and said: ‘I would like you to have a cup of tea.’
His comments on the burka have created yet more infighting within the Conservative party.
Theresa May added her voice to Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis’ calls for him to apologise – although she swerved questions about whether his comments amounted to Islamophobia.
Founder and president of the Conservative Muslim Forum Lord Sheikh told the BBC the party should take ‘severe action’ against Mr Johnson.
While former Conservative parliamentary candidate Shazia Awan-Scully accused Mr Johnson of ‘pandering to the extreme right’, comparing his comments to Enoch Powell’s divisive Rivers of Blood speech, and said he should be sacked.
But Jacob Rees-Mogg denounced an investigation into the comments as a ‘show trial’.