UKIP’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall said a blanket ban on the full face veil is “long overdue” and would act as a huge boost to the fight for gender equality across Britain. Writing for the MEP urged the Government and Labour to use today’s International Women’s Day – which is this year using the slogan Pledge For Parity – to fight for a new law banning the Burka.

Opinion polls have consistently shown around two thirds of the public support outlawing the Burka, which is seen by many as an oppressive way for men to subjugate women. Bans on the full face veil have been introduced in France, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands on security grounds, but the UK Government has persistently refused to consider one despite a series of public outcries. READ MORE