Naz Shah MP, Labour’s shadow equalities minister, said: “Boris Johnson’s latest racist insults can not be laughed off, like they often are.
“Saying Muslim women look like letterboxes, comparing them to bank robbers and describing Islam as a ‘problem’ was a calculated attack and published in a national newspaper,” Shah said.
“Theresa May must condemn this blatant Islamophobia and Boris Johnson must apologise.”
The prime minister’s official spokesperson said: “The long-standing government position is clear and it is that we do not support a ban on the wearing of the veil in public.
“Such a prescriptive approach would be out of keeping with British values of religious tolerance and gender equality.”