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Turban safety law extended to Northern Ireland

The Government plans to make a special exception for turban-wearing Sikhs in Northern Ireland — meaning they would not have to wear safety helmets in most workplaces.

The law already exists in Britain and the Government wants to extend it to here.

But Tory MP Philip Davies criticised the proposals as troubling and offensive, accusing the Government of creating “different laws for different people”.

Solicitor general Oliver Heald stressed wearing a turban is a religious tenet for Sikh men, which creates special circumstances, and said they should be free to practise their religion.

But Mr Davies criticised the Government's amendment to the Deregulation Bill, telling the Commons: “Surely one of the cornerstones of British law is that everybody is equal in the face of the law and either you should have to wear these things for safety reasons or you shouldn't.

“Why are we having different laws for different people in this country? Many people find that actually rather troubling and quite offensive.”

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