An expert tasked to probe integration between different communities in Britain has said she would rather Muslim police officers and midwives did not wear a face veil, adding "I want to see their faces".

Dame Louise Casey said she strongly opposed forcing people by law to remove veils, but explained that public bodies needed a "common sense" approach and that people and organisations should be able to debate the issue openly.

As she published a major report today, she went on to argue that political leaders have ignored a series of "inconvenient truths" about integration and specifically about the way women are treated in some segregated Muslim communities.

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