Labour politician sacked for claiming Boris Johnson’s hospital stay was a ‘publicity stunt’
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A Labour politician has been sacked and forced to apologise for 'crass and offensive comments' after Boris Johnson's stay in intensive care.
Julie Heselwood, a councillor and executive member at Leeds City Council, urged a Facebook post to tell people not to 'fall for it' after Johnson was taken to hospital with coronavirus.
Responding to a post by a local radio presenter, she wrote: 'It's a publicity stunt - they we're [sic] doing badly being criticised for their handling of this, next thing he's in hospital in ICU-a publicity stunt fir [sic] sympathy and to change the narrative. Don't fall for it'.
It prompted a backlash from those who did not agree with her stance, before she eventually removed the post.
One wrote: 'With a comment like that, you're not fit to be a councillor for any party!'
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Heselwood later wrote to the leader of the council to apologise for the remarks, writing: 'I am deeply sorry for my crass and offensive comments about Boris Johnson's hospital treatment.
'I was wrong, I should never have made that claim and I apologise unreservedly.
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'I wish the prime minister a speedy recovery and my thoughts are with him and his family at what I know is a very difficult time for them.'
She remains a ward councillor but will no longer serve as the council's deputy executive member for learning, skills and employment.
A spokesperson for the Labour Party on the council said: 'Julie Heselwood fully accepts her post was wrong and has apologised unreservedly for it.'
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