Banning Muslim women from wearing the veil is "not the British way" and would be like attempts to clamp down on the miniskirt in the 1960s, the country's most senior Muslim politician has said.

Baroness Warsi, the first faith minister, said that allowing people wear what they want was the "basis of a free society".

But she also insisted that those who choose to wear garments such as full-face veil must accept that there are some situations in which it is not appropriate and some jobs they might not be able to do.

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