The Conservative Leader Lene Espersen's attempts to bring calm to the party following Denmark's burka debate has failed according to Jyllands-Posten.

A group of seven leading party members have challenged Espersen on the issue of integration.

"We are members of an informal network and feel that we should not be competing with the Danish People's Party to see who can criticise Muslims the most," says Conservative Central Board member Peter Norsk.

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