A leading UK Muslim has stepped into the row over a Birmingham college's decision to ban the wearing of the niqab – warning of prejudice against the faith.

Talat Ahmed, who chairs the Muslim Council of Britain's social and family affairs committee, remains concerned despite Birmingham Metropolitan College reversing its initial banning of the Islamic full-face veil.

Mrs Ahmed was worried by a separate landmark ruling by Judge Peter Murphy this week stopping a 22-year-old female defendant from taking to the witness stand unless she removed her niqab.

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