Respect MP attacks new rule on veils saying the restriction discriminates against Muslim women
George Galloway said restrictions could discriminateHe said they were 'heavy handed'Everyone who works at the Palace of Westminster are 'required to remove any covering obscuring the face'
01:34 GMT, 9 December 2012
New curbs on Muslim veils in the Commons were criticised by Respect MP George Galloway last night, writes Simon Walters.
Mr Galloway, whose Bradford West constituency has a large ethnic population, said the restrictions could discriminate against Muslim women.
The rule for everyone who works at the Palace of Westminster states: ‘You may be required to remove any covering which obscures your face.’
Discriminates: Respect MP George Galloway has attacked new curbs on Muslim veils in the Commons
Mr Galloway said: ‘Everyone understands the need to have proper security.
'But these rules seem a little heavy handed and confusing to me.
We live in a multi-faith society and need to be sensitive about that.’
But one MP said it would be better for visitors: ‘It will be much more welcoming for them if they are greeted by someone whose face they can see clearly.’
'Heavy handed': The rule for everyone who works at the Palace of Westminster states: 'You may be required to remove any covering which obscures your face.' Mr Galloway says people 'need to be sensitive about that'