A LABOUR supporting mayor has today apologised after saying Boris Johnson "completely deserves this" as he was taken into intensive care with coronavirus.
Mayor of Heanor Sheila Oakes said the PM was "one of the worst" as news of Boris' worsening condition was released last night.
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In a Facebook post under call for prayers for those affected by coronavirus, Ms Oakes said: "Sorry, he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PMs we've ever had."
Ms Oakes, in Heanor, Derbyshire, has since apologised, telling the BBC she was sorry for "upsetting people and saying it".
She added: "It was a stupid thing to say. I regret it.
"I hope Mr Johnson and his family are fine, especially his fiancé Carrie who is carrying their baby.
"The comment was posted in the heat of the moment. I was angry at the time because of what I see as the lack of care for nurses, especially over the lack of PPE.
"It was badly worded but I was trying to point out that the government are making mistakes in tackling coronavirus."
Labour Party has now withdrawn the party whip from her, effectively expelling her.
She will keep her seat until the next election, but she is now an independent politician.
A spokesperson for the Amber Valley Labour Group said: "Following comments from Cllr Oakes on social media, which we utterly condemn, the Amber Valley Labour group withdrew the whip this morning, and can now announce this now 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.
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"We wish the Prime Minister, and all who are suffering with this awful disease, a speedy recovery and send love and solidarity to them and their families."
Councillor Kevin Buttery, Conservative group leader on Amber Valley Borough Council, added the comments were "distasteful and abhorrent".
He said: "As the local mayor, she should be acting in a non-political way as she represents the town, this is clearly not the case in these circumstances."
BORIS BATTLES ON
The PM spent a night in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital, with No10 today saying he was "stable".
And while many have taken to social media to wish Boris well, the cruel message was just one in a string shared online.
One wrote he “hope he dies” as it “would be funny”.
Others quoted rapper Stormzy’s lyrics saying “f*** Boris”.
But Piers Morgan today ripped into the sick trolls, telling them to "shut up".
He added: "Honestly, it’s beyond imagination that that should be your thought process. The man’s fighting for his life."
But in good news, other Brits took to social media to send their love and wish the PM a speedy recovery.
Boris was taken to hospital for tests on Sunday evening – after his GP saw him on a Zoom video call.
It's understood the PM was in good spirits yesterday morning, but by the afternoon he began to struggle to breathe and needed oxygen.
He is not yet on a ventilator and is still conscious – but doctors prepared a unit to be ready by his bedside should he worsen overnight.
Thousands of worried Brits earlier tweeted their support using the hashtag #PrayForBoris as the PM battles the deadly bug in St Thomas' Hospital, South London.
Taking to Twitter to show his support, one user, Dillon Hughes-Moretti wrote: "Hang in there Boris. Your friends, family, colleagues and your country desperately needs you."
X Factor runner up Rhydian Roberts wrote: "Come on Boris. Pull through.
"No matter what your political persuasion is, we should all hope our PM recovers."
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