A Muslim group in Oxford has backed controversial proposals from UKIP to ban full face veils in public.

Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford director Dr Taj Hargey stressed his organisation did not endorse the party's 'right-wing agenda' but supported the 'sensible proposal' to ban the burka and niqab.

He did not comment on other plans unveiled by UKIP's leader Paul Nuttall today, which include a moratorium on the creation of new Islamic faith schools, banning sharia law and calls to prosecute parents of girls who are subjected to female genital mutilation. These were branded 'full-throttled Islamophobia' by critics.

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