Home Secretary Theresa May
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Theresa May: 'Women should be free to wear veils'

17 September 2013 Last updated at 20:31 BST

Home Secretary Theresa May has said that women should be free to wear what they wish and that the "government should (not) tell people what to wear".

A judge ruled on Monday that a defendant in a trial, had to remove her face-veil, also known as the niqab - to give evidence during her trail.

A Lib Dem Home Office minister, Jeremy Browne has since called for a debate on girls wearing face-veils in some public places.

The home secretary was visiting the Kanzul Iman Central Jamia Mosque in Tipton which was hit by an "act of terrorism" in July.