Labour mayor who said Boris Johnson ‘completely deserves’ to be in intensive care with coronavirus is sacked by law firm – The Sun

A LABOUR mayor who said Boris Johnson “completely deserved” to be in intensive care with coronavirus has been SACKED by her law firm.

Sheila Oakes, mayor of Heanor in Derbyshire, has been given her marching orders after posting the comments on Facebook following the PM’s admission to hospital on Monday.

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In response to a post asking people to say a "little prayer" for Johnson, Cllr Oakes replied: "Sorry, he completely deserves this and he is one of the worst PMs we've ever had."

She was swiftly kicked out of the Labour Party and has now also lost her job as a paralegal at VHS Fletchers Solicitors in Ilkeston, Derbys.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said: "As you may be aware, on Monday evening Sheila Oakes, a paralegal at our Ilkeston office and also Mayor of Heanor posted deeply offensive remarks relating to the Prime Minister's current state of health on Facebook.

We can confirm that as of now Ms Oakes is no longer employed by this firm in any capacity.

"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.

"We can confirm that as of now Ms Oakes is no longer employed by this firm in any capacity”.

The firm added that the views were “ not shared by the partners or any other members of staff”.

MARCHING ORDERS

Oakes has apologised "unreservedly" for her comments on Tuesday morning, but hours later Labour withdrew the party whip from her, meaning she was effectively expelled.

She will keep her seat as a councillor until the next election, but 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.

"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."

'DISTASTEFUL AND ABHORRENT'

Councillor Kevin Buttery, Conservative group leader on Amber Valley Borough Council, said: "To say I find the comments of councillor Sheila Oakes distasteful and abhorrent is an understatement.

"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."

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.

Apologising for her comments, Cllr Oakes said: "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."

Cllr Oakes, 56, a councillor for more than ten years, added she did not know if she would resign.

She said: "We will see how things play out. I am not going to make a sudden decision. It may be for my colleagues in the Labour Party to decide.

"As a lawyer I should have known better. It was never my intention to upset anyone. I am really sorry for what I said. It was a really stupid thing to do.."

A petition has also been launched to remove Cllr Oakes from her role as Mayor of Heanor.



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