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Coronavirus: Tory MP Pauline Latham gives “appalling” response to voter concerned about sick pay

Tory MP Pauline Latham has told one of her constituents to “get a life,” when he asked about levels of statutory sick pay.

Writing on Twitter, Latham – who represents Mid Derbyshire – responded to a constituent who questioned whether £94 a week is enough to live on if people fall ill due to coronavirus.

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This comes amid concerns that coronavirus will force more people onto statutory sick pay (SSP) while they recover. At a paltry £94 a week, this will cause financial disarray for many families.

Responding to the tweet, journalist Ash Sarkar quipped that Latham’s message was “empathetic, gracious and considerate”.

Meanwhile, pro-EU account Remainer Now called it “appalling”.

That might be an understatement.

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UPDATE:

Latham has responded to this criticism by saying: “My response was purely towards keyboard warriors who so often attack but don’t respond with anything. I am entirely sympathetic towards those in receipt of statutory sick pay, particularly in this stressful time.”

Not exactly an apology.


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2 responses to “Coronavirus: Tory MP Pauline Latham gives “appalling” response to voter concerned about sick pay

  1. I am appalled at the callous reply from MP Pauline Latham on Twitter, to a comment about statutory sick pay.
    She should be reprimanded officially and publicly.

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