The Conservative Party is conducting a preliminary investigation into the former foreign secretary for likening women wearing the burka to bank robbers and letterboxes. The process starts automatically after a complaint.
If the investigation proceeds, one sanction available is to tell Mr Johnson to go on a diversity course. The Conservatives are unlikely to consider suspending him from the party.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Boris Johnson burka probe is ‘show trial’
A Conservative Party investigation into Boris Johnson is a “show trial” and is being used to stop him becoming leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Tory backbencher blamed Theresa May’s “personal rivalry” with Mr Johnson for “taking the heat off Labour”.
A Downing Street source told the BBC the investigation was “not about individuals or personalities”.
Mr Johnson said women in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”.