Prescott Backs Right to Wear Veil

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has defended the right of Muslim women to wear veils which cover their faces. It comes after House of Commons leader Jack Straw sparked a row by saying he asked Muslim women to take off their veils at his constituency surgery. Mr Prescott told the BBC he would not ask a woman to remove her veil, adding: “If a woman wants to wear a veil, why shouldn’t she? It’s her choice.”