Derbyshire councillor apologises for saying ill Boris Johnson 'completely deserves this' on Facebook

A Derbyshire councillor and town mayor has apologised after she said on Facebook that coronavirus-stricken Boris Johnson ‘completely deserves this’.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 1:57 pm

The Prime Minister – who was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday night – was moved to intensive care early last night after being given oxygen earlier in the day.

Labour councillor Sheila Oakes, who represents Heanor East on Amber Valley Borough Council and is also mayor for Heanor, posted on Facebook: “Sorry, he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PMs we’ve ever had.”

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Sheila Oakes has apologised for posting this comment on Facebook.

She has now apologised for the comment but did not wish to say anything further when contacted by the Derbyshire Times this morning.

Chris Emmas-Williams, the leader of Amber Valley Labour group, told the Derbyshire Times the whip had now been removed from Ms Oakes, meaning she will no longer sit as a Labour councillor but as an independent.

He also promised a ‘full investigation’ into her conduct and added: “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and not what the Labour Party is about.

“I’m appalled and so upset by these comments.

“She should never have said them.

“I’ve not made the comments but I feel as leader of the Labour group I have to apologise as well to Boris Johnson and his family and we wish him well because we need everyone possible to fight this disease.”

World leaders and many people in the UK have sent messages to Mr Johnson, 55, wishing him well.