Great Britain government minister apologized after calling England second city as well as one of countries best-known seaside resorts as “terrible”.
Heather Wheeler mentioned Birmingham and Blackpool during launch of in governments new digital strategy on Thursday. According to Chris Middleton, technology journalist who was at launchJr minister in The Cabinet of Ministers said: “I was just at the conference in Blackpool, or Birmingham, or some other awful place.
Then he said that the Cabinet official called him after he first reported Wheeler’s comments that breaking the ice was a joke.
Wheeler spoke to event in London to run governments new digital strategyroad map for 2022-2025 digital future.
Her remarks came on the same day that Boris Johnson was in Lancashire seaside city about plans cut taxes allow people on benefits and life in social housing in buy them home.
government announced the alignment up areas outside London like one of cornerstones of this is policy platform since then elected in 2019.
However, the leaders outside the capital said some promised investments were not delivered and other funds were directed only to the field from the Conservatives.
One of affected funding banks for improved bus transport in “red-wall areas that swung from Labor to Conservative party in 2019, and have low levels of public transport. However in January government The documents say funding has been halved from £3bn to £1.4bn.
Labor MPs who criticized Wheeler’s comments included Deputy Leader Angela Rayner. who tweeted: “Mask slipped off. This minister blurted out out What Boris Johnson’s Conservatives Really Think About Our Communities behind closed doors. disrespect it off scale.
“Heather Wheeler expressed her complete contempt for voters on show”.
Lisa Nandy, shadow secretary of state for alignment up housing and communities, and a Wigan MP tweeted: “They tell us they align up country, but that’s what they really think. They don’t even see the difference between “Blackpool, Birmingham or some horrible place”.
Wheeler was MP for South Derbyshire has been parliamentary since 2010. secretary for Cabinet of Ministers. She previously apologized for remarks about gypsies and travelers and were criticized in 2018 when as homeless minister she said no know why number of the rough sleepers rose.
On Friday night, she apologized, tweeting: “Speaking at a conference on Thursday, I made inappropriate remark that does not reflect my actual view. I apologize for any crime caused”.
representative for The Cabinet referred to her Guardian tweet and did not provide comment.