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David Cameron backs schools’ Niqab ban
David Cameron has backed a classroom ban on wearing the veil, saying: “It’s very difficult to teach unless you can look at your pupils in the eye.”
The Prime Minister threw his weight behind any schools attempting to outlaw the Niqab, provided parents had been consulted properly.
And he said he would consider introducing new national guidelines – something suggested by a judge, in a recent court case.
Speaking at the start of the Conservative conference, Mr Cameron said: “We’re a free country and people should be free to wear whatever clothes they like in public or in private.
“But we should support institutions that need to put in place rules, so that those institutions can work properly.
“So, for instance, in a school, if they want to have a particular dress code, I believe the Government should back them. Same for courts, same for immigration.”
But Mr Hopkins said it was important not to exaggerate the issue, adding: “I have not heard of this issue coming up in Keighley.
“I believe that, when it comes to issues of identification and security, people shouldn’t wear the veil, but the vast majority of Muslims I have spoken to understand, and respond to, that.
“I don’t think the Prime Minister is going over-the-top, as long as these concerns are put in a sensible way and we don’t give ground to more bigoted people to exploit this.”
Mr Davies added: “It should be for schools to decide for themselves, but I would certainly support any school which decided to ban its students from wearing the veil at school.”
There was controversy, earlier this month, when Birmingham Metropolitan College told pupils to remove all facial coverings, including religious veils, for security reasons.
After criticism, the college backed down, agreeing to allow students to wear “specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values”.