A town’s mayor who said that Boris Johnson ‘deserved’ to get Coronavirus has lost her job at a solicitors firm.
Sheila Oakes, who is the mayor of Heanor in Derbyshire, made the comments on Facebook after the prime minister was admitted to intensive care. She has since apologised for her comments and has also been suspended from the Labour Party.
Her employer, VHS Fletchers Solicitors, said she was “no longer employed by this firm in any capacity”.
Ms Oakes worked as a paralegal at the firm’s Ilkeston office.
As a result of her comments, the company said it had unfortunately become “embroiled in criticism”.
In a statement published on its website, VHS Fletchers Solicitors described her remarks as “deeply offensive” and said her views were “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.”
Ms Oakes has accepted she “made a mistake” and on Tuesday she “apologised for upsetting people and saying it”.
The local Labour Party has also withdrawn the whip, and said there would be an investigation into her conduct.