Comments by Shipley MP Philip Davies that Muslim women must remove veils for security reasons have prompted an invitation to debate the sensitive matter with Bradford's islamic leaders.

In a House of Commons debate, Mr Davies said that at border controls, banks, police stations or courts there could be no excuse for face covering when security reasons made it necessary for identity to be revealed.

He added the move would stop any repeat of past events whereby one of the killers of PC Sharon Beshinevsky fled the UK wearing a head-to-toe veil posing as a Muslim woman with his face hidden behind a niqab.

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