Dan Wootton lambasts ‘nasty’ critics of Boris Johnson baby news

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton has clashed with Alastair Campbell after he said Boris Johnson should have attended Prime Minister’s Questions hours after his fiancé Carrie Symonds gave birth.

The former Labour advisor tweeted: “A new born baby may be a better excuse than most for missing PMQs (though he should still be doing it).

“I suspect we are going to see an awful lot of excuses in future. @BorisJohnson has a habit of avoiding proper questioning.”

Referring to the tweet as “sexist claptrap” and similar critics of the Prime Minister as "nasty and extreme," Dan said: “Imagine suggesting a woman should give birth and be back at work within hours.

“This is a happy moment in the life of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds and my God they deserve some happiness after the month they’ve just endured.

“There’s nothing political about it and if you can’t accept that then you’re totally out of step with the country.”

WATCH: Alastair Campbell says Boris Johnson 'avoids scrutiny'

Mr Campbell conceded: "If the guy has just been at the birth of his child, fair enough," but added, " but this is part of a pattern here that this government does not like being scrutinised properly."

Ms Symonds, 32, gave birth to a baby boy at a London hospital this morning. A spokeswoman for the couple said they were "thrilled".

The new arrival comes days after the Prime Minister returned to work after recovering from coronavirus. He is expected to take a short period of paternity later this year.

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