Labour expels Heanor mayor for saying Boris Johnson ‘deserves’ COVID-19

Labour expels Heanor mayor for saying Boris Johnson ‘deserves’ COVID-19

A Derbyshire mayor has been expelled from the Labour party after she suggested that Boris Johnson deserves to have coronavirus.

Heanor mayor Sheila Oakes apologised “unreservedly”, but the Labour Party has now withdrawn the party whip from her, effectively expelling her.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.

Miss Oakes’ comment was written under a post which showed a message of support for medical workers, and it is understood it also may have also made reference to Boris Johnson.

Mayor Oakes wrote: “Sorry, he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PMs we’ve ever had.”

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.

“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.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further until due process has taken its course.”

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