/Labour MP says Boris just found another excuse to miss PMQs

Labour MP says Boris just found another excuse to miss PMQs

MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury
MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury has come under fire for her tweets (Picture: LNP/REX)

A Labour MP has been called ‘odious and shameful’ for saying the birth of Boris Johnson’s baby was ‘yet another excuse’ to miss Prime Minister’s Questions.

Ruth Cadbury made the remark on Twitter moments after the PM and his fiancee Carrie Symonds announced the birth of their son. She deleted her first tweet after about five minutes and replaced it with a nicer sounding message, but by that point it was far too late.

The MP for Brentford and Iseleworth initially said: ‘It appears Boris Johnson has just found yet another excuse to miss PMQs’. The Tory leader had only just returned to work on Monday three weeks after he was sent to hospital for Covid-19 and spent three nights in intensive care.

People were quick to criticise Cadbury when she replaced her tweet with one, saying: ‘So Boris Johnson has a good excuse to miss #PMQs today – congratulations!’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Gardner/REX (7448311o) Ruth Cadbury MP, Shadow Minister for Housing Launch of housing policy report by Localis, London, UK - 17 Nov 2016
The Labour MP was called ‘odious’ after backtracking on her original tweet (Picture: REX)

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Brand marketing strategist Mark Izatt said: ‘You clearly knew this when you tweeted the first time. Hence the phrase “yet another excuse”.

‘So despite your deletion and backtrack the odious intentions are plain to see.’

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People said the ‘inhumane’ and ‘shameful’ post didn’t do any favours for her party’s reputation.

Chartered Management Accountant Graham Kemp said: ‘It appears Ruth found yet another excuse to be odious.’

Another said: ‘Little wonder some of the electorate don’t trust MP’s. What are your real feelings the first or second tweet?’

Politicians offer backhanded congratulations to Boris Johnson saying he now has a good excuse to miss PMQs
People said she did no favours for the reputation of her party (Picture: @RuthCadbury Twitter)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Former London Mayor Boris Johnson leaves his home on June 27, 2016 in London, England. Mr Johnson is thought to be the frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron after he resigned following the European Union referendum result to leave. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson is expected to take paternity leave later in the year while he focuses on the Covid-19 pandemic (Picture: Getty Images)

Cadbury’s initial tweet has been shared on politwoops.co.uk, a website dedicated to Twitter posts deleted by politicians.

Former Labour Party spin-doctor Alastair Campbell also came across as ‘crass’ when he weighed in on the Prime Minister’s good news.

He said: ‘A new born baby may be a better excuse than most for missing PMQs (though he should still be doing it).

‘I suspect we are going to see an awful lot of excuses in future. @BorisJohnson has a habit of avoiding proper questioning.’

People asked why he couldn’t just send his congratulations and said he had fallen to ‘new depths of crassness’.

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Former Tony Blair aide Alastair Campbell has also been criticised for his take on Johnson missing PMQs (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

One asked if he told Tony Blair he was wrong to miss PMQs when his son Leo was born in 2000.

The former Labour prime minister confirmed he would take limited paternity leave to help his wife Cherie after bringing their fourth child into the world.

At the time he said he would cancel public engagements but would set asside a few hours every day for prime ministerial duties.

He told the Observer: ‘I don’t ever stop being Prime Minister. Even when I am on holiday, I do several hours work a day.

‘But, of course, I want to spend more time with Cherie when the kid is born to help out and I will do that. I don’t know if that makes [it] paternity leave … but it is the common sense of the situation.

‘The important thing is to help Cherie and the baby. I will, obviously, try as much as possible to cut down in that period what I’m doing. But I have to run the country. That still has to go on.’

Johnson and Carrie Symonds arrive the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9 (Picture: PA)

Following Johnson’s announcement it is understood Dominic Raab will face Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at today’s PMQs.

The Foreign Secretary has been deputising for the Prime Minister while he has been off sick in line with Government protocol.

Last month Johnson suggested he would be taking paternity leave after the birth of his baby.

But he is now expected to take it later in the year in order to focus his attention on the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.

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