Muslim women wants to become first British politician to wear a niqab

A Muslim women standing for election next month is hoping to become the first Conservative councillor to wear a niqab.

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Fajila Patel says she wants to ‘inspire’ more women to get into politics – including those who adopt the full veil – by seeking election in Blackburn Borough Council.

If successful, she will be the first Tory councillor to wear the Muslim garment, which covers the whole body except for the area around the eyes.

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