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Sir Desmond Swayne Wades Into Burkini Row, Says Concealment 'Leaves More To The Imagination'

'There can be something quite attractive, alluring, even sensual, about concealment.'

29/08/2016 13:15

A senior Tory MP has waded into the burkini row, saying concealment “leaves more to the imagination”.

Sir Desmond Swayne, a former minister, said that there is “something quite attractive, alluring, even sensual” about garments that aren’t too revealing. 

His comments come as a response to a constituent’s concern about the burkini row in France after the country’s top administrative court overturned the controversial burkini ban last week. 

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Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne said that concealment 'leaves more to the imagination'.

The ban was overturned following outrage after a Muslim woman sitting on a Nice beach was forced by four armed police officers to remove her burkini.

Sir Desmond said that as a “hot-blooded male” he can appreciate a bikini-clad body, but that concealment is still “alluring”.

The New Forest West MP said that it was for the French authorities to sort out their own affairs, but “as a general rule, most of us look far better with all our clothes on”.

In a blog post on his website, Sir Desmond wrote that he had received an “outraged email” from a constituent in Barton-on-Sea who was “disgusted” that the burkini ban had been overturned by a French court.

Sir Desmond Swayne's 'The Burkinis of Barton-On-Sea' blog post

“Alas, the court is not accountable to me, and the French must sort out their own affairs. 

“In any event, I am confident that no burkinis have been seen in Barton-on-Sea, or on any other beach in the New Forest parliamentary division.

“Am I disappointed? I have always taken the view that people should feel free to show off as little or as much as they like, when it comes to beachwear.

“Like any hot-blooded male however, I appreciate beauty, which can sometimes be enhanced by a bikini. Equally, often there can be something quite attractive, alluring, even sensual, about concealment. It leaves more to the imagination.

“Whilst there are of course exceptions, as a general rule, most of us look far better with all our clothes on.”

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