Labour councillor: Boris Johnson ‘deserves’ coronavirus

Ms Oakes said she 'made a mistake'

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A Derbyshire town mayor and Labour councillor has apologised after she said Boris Johnson “completely deserves this” in reference to his fight with coronavirus.

A Derbyshire town mayor and Labour councillor has apologised for claiming Boris Johnson “completely deserves” to get coronavirus.

Sheila Oakes, who represents Heanor East on Amber Valley Borough Council and is mayor for Heanor, later told her local radio station she had “made a mistake”.  

 In response to a call for people to say a prayer for the Prime Minister, she posted the following message to Facebook: “sorry, he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PM’s we’ve ever had.”

Amber Valley Labour Party said it is treating the matter with the “highest level of seriousness" and released the following statement: "Following comments from Cllr Oakes on social media, which we utterly condemn, the Amber Valley Labour group withdrew the whip this morning, and can announce this now that the whip has spoken to Cllr Oakes.

“This means that Cllr Oakes does not currently sit as a Labour Councillor, and further due process will follow.

“We wish the Prime Minister, and all who are suffering this awful disease, a speedy recovery and send love and solidarity to them and their families.”

Party activist Chris Emmas-Williams said he was “appalled and very disappointed” by Ms Oakes's remarks.

It comes as television writer Siobhan Thompson was criticised for tweeting on Monday evening: “Boris Johnson to be visited in hospital by three ghosts of people who died unnecessarily because of his cute to NHS funding.”

She followed her tweet with: “The c*** deserves every blunt needle he’ll get.”

The Prime Minister was admitted to London’s St Thomas’ Hospital on Sunday evening and moved into intensive care last night.    

Mr Johnson remains in hospital and Downing Street has said he is “stable” and “in good spirits”.

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