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UKIP's foreign affairs spokesman has resigned his post in protest at leader Paul Nuttall's plans to ban the burka.

Mr Nuttall sparked controversy over his proposals to outlaw the full-face veil - as well as forcing girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) to face regular medical checks.

Announcing his decision to quit, West Midlands MEP James Carver described the policies as "misguided".

But UKIP deputy leader Peter Whittle defended the policies.


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