Heanor mayor 'kicked out' after saying Boris Johnson deserved coronavirus

The mayor for Heanor in Derbyshire has been expelled from the Labour party after publicly saying Boris Johnson "deserved" to have coronavirus.

Sheila Oakes,whose offensive comment was written on Facebook also added that Johnson was the worst PM “we’ve ever had".

The prime minister is currently in intensive care in St Thomas’ Hospital in London after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday.

Replying to a message calling for people to say a prayer for the Prime Minister, Cllr Oakes, who was also a paralegal wrote: ‘Sorry, he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PMs we’ve ever had.’

In a statement,VHS Fletchers Solicitors said: "These posts were made in a personal capacity, but it was clear from her Facebook bio that she was an employee of this firm, and as a result we became embroiled in understandable and legitimate criticism of what she had said.

The firm confirmed that Ms Oakes was no longer employed by them in any capacity. They added that they had no knowledge of what her intentions are in relation to her political career.

The statement continued: "We have previously stressed that her views are not shared by the partners or any other members of staff. To wish illness upon anyone must be abhorrent to all right thinking members of the public. We are acutely aware of the distress that such posts can cause, both to the family and friends of the Prime Minister, but also to all of those affected by this terrible virus."

In her apology, Ms Oakes said: “I would like to apologise if I upset anyone, it was not my intention.

“I didn’t mean that there should be serious consequences from the virus.

Oakes said that she was concerned about the doctors and nurses who have not got protection equipment and who are getting sick and dying themselves.

“I have every sympathy for the Prime Minister’s family who are suffering considerably at this time.

“It must be very difficult for them, and I hope his partner and the baby are well.

She said she regretted what she had said and wished Mr Johnson a speedy recovery with no long-term ill effects.

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