01 February 2017

Theresa May ‘absolutely in line’ with women wearing hijab

Theresa May has said women should be free to wear the hijab if they want to amid a crackdown on Muslim female dress across Europe. The Prime Minister said “what a woman wears is a woman’s choice” and that this should not be interfered with.

Her comments came when she was asked in PMQs - held on world hijab day - if she recognises the right of women to wear the veil, traditionally worn by Muslim women. SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Ochil and South Perthshire) said: “Today is world hijab day and I wondered if the Prime Minister will join with me in recognising the right of Muslim women to wear a hijab if they wish, without fear.

“And indeed the right of all women everywhere to wear what they want, when they want. “And would the Prime Minister also commit to standing up for the right to refuge for men, women and children wherever they may be, regardless of their religion.”

Mrs May replied: “It is absolutely the case that this country welcomes refugees to the United Kingdom, and we do so regardless of their religion. There is no question of discriminating on the religion. [The Scotsman] Read more