Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering, is finding himself in hot water over his refusal to meet any constituent wearing the Niqab despite having won his seat off the back of Muslim support.
An article in yesterday’s Guardian by Hugh Muir highlights the sense of betrayal felt by some of Hollobone’s constituents.
Khan, chair of the Muslim Community Association, tells me that most thought it best not to overreact before the recent election when Hollobone began railing against the iniquities of the niqab. That’s how politics is, they told themselves. Some of the women wrote to the MP asking for a chat. The answer: silence. And surely he’ll drop it once the election is over, they thought, but that hope was also dashed. Let’s ban the burqa in public, Hollobone said. I won’t see any constituent who comes to my surgery wearing the niqab.
Cue whoops and cheers from the right. “We realised then that it was all empty rhetoric,” Khan says. “He doesn’t even have any constituents who wear the niqab. I know that. I know everybody.”
Mr Hollobone angered many earlier in the year when he called for a cap on non EU immigration.
By Richard Sudan