Politicians from across the political spectrum wished Prime Minister Boris Johnson well after the Prime Minister spent the night in hospital for tests.
The move is as a “precautionary measure” on the advice of his doctor, according to Number 12 , because his his coronavirus symptoms have persisted.
Labor MPs were quick to extend their sympathies to the PM, with new leader Keir Starmer one of them.
“Wishing the Prime Minister well and a speedy recovery, ”he tweeted.
David Lammy wrote“ Get well soon @BorisJohnson. The whole country wants you to return to full health as soon as possible, ”while colleagues Jess Phillips and Yvette Cooper also reacted online.
“ Sending regards to the Prime Minister and his family and friends especially to Carrie, it must be such a worry, ”tweeted Ms Phillips.
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon wished Johnson“ all the best and a speedy recovery ”while the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said he was“ sorry ”to read the news.
“ Thoughts very much with him and every best wish that he will soon be home and recovering from #Covid _ these are testing times for all of us, ”wrote Mr Blackford.
“ Please everyone #StayAtHome and help #SaveLives ”.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran meanwhile Tweeted “Wishing @BorisJohnson a speedy recovery” and encouraged people to give the PM time to recover.
While yes, people want their PM leading meetings etc, I hope can all agree if he needs to take time to get well he should be allowed to do that, ”she wrote.
Conservatives wished their leader well also, with Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick writing: “Look forward to seeing him back in @ DowningStreet very soon. ”
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US President Donald Trump began Sunday night’s White House press briefing by sending well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been admitted to hospital after suffering with coronavirus. “He’s a great friend of mine,” Mr Trump said of his British counterpart. I’m sure he is going to be fine, he’s a strong man, a strong person. ” Mr Trump said he had not spoken to the Prime Minister and was notified he had been taken to hospital by Washington’s ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson.c The president said it was a “big move going to the hospital”. “He’s a great gentleman, I just hope he’s OK,” Mr Trump added.
- Scotland’s chief medical officer has resigned after being criticized for not adhering to social distancing advice by visiting her second home. Dr Catherine Calderwood apologized and was backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to remain in the role, despite twice recently visiting her second home in Fife. However after further conversations with Ms Sturgeon, Dr Calderwood said on Sunday night she had resigned “with a heavy heart”. In her statement, Dr Calderwood said: “I am deeply sorry for my actions and the mistakes I have made.”