Classics charity distances itself from Boris Johnson over burqa remarks

Posted On: 
15th August 2018

An education charity has distanced itself from Boris Johnson after he said women who wear burqas looked like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.   

Boris Johnson has been under fire over the controversial comments
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Classics for All deleted its web page listing of the former foreign secretary as an honorary patron while trustees consider his position. 

The charity, which promotes the teachings of Greek, Latin and classical civilisation in state schools, has faced a backlash from its members over the former Cabinet minister’s remarks.

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Mr Johnson is a long-standing supporter of the organisation, which received significant public funding during his time as Mayor of London.

In a statement the charity said: “The team at Classics for All is committed to increasing access to classics and works with many Muslim pupils.

“We do not endorse or support Boris Johnson’s statement or comments.”

It later told the Guardian: “This is currently a matter for our trustees to consider.”

Mr Johnson’s comments in a recent Telegraph article sparked widespread criticism, culminating in condemnation from the Prime Minister and the launch of internal investigation by Tory party chair Brandon Lewis.  

The ex-foreign secretary has refused to speak publicly about the row, but was seen earlier this week offering cups of tea to journalists and photographers outside his home.