Leeds Council confirm Julie Heselwood no longer a member of executive board

Leeds City Council has confirmed Coun Julie Heselwood is no longer a deputy member of the authority's decision-making executive board.

Friday, 17th April 2020, 6:03 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 6:04 pm
Leeds Civic Hall. Picture: Adobestock.

It follows an apology from Coun Heselwood after she made a now-deleted Facebook post suggesting Prime Minister Boris Johnson's admission to hospital for COVID-19 symptoms was a 'publicity-stunt'.

Coun Heselwood had served as the council's deputy executive member for learning, skills and employment, meaning she provided support for the main portfolio holder for that department.

However, a notice published this week by Leeds City Council shows the council leader had updated the list of the authority's support executive members, with Coun Heselwood's name no longer included.

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The council's leader's office confirmed this afternoon Coun Heselwood was no longer a deputy executive member.

Coun Heselwood has been approached for a comment.

The Labour Party had confirmed last week that Coun Heselwood had deleted and apologised for the original Facebook post.

She added in a statement at the time: "I am deeply sorry for my crass and offensive comments about Boris Johnson's hospital treatment.

"I was wrong, I should never have made that claim and I apologise unreservedly. I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and my thoughts are with him and his family at what I know is a very difficult time for them."

Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital on Monday April 6, having spent a number of days self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms. He has since been discharged from hospital.