Tory Minister , Helen Wheeler MP for South Derbyshire, said Blackpool was a ‘godawful’ places while speaking at an official government event in London – on the same day Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in the resort to give his keynote speech about his planned extension of Margaret Thatcher’s flagship Right-To-Buy scheme.
She made the offensive remark at the launch of the 2022 to 2025 Roadmap to a Digital Future Ms Wheeler said, ‘I was just at a conference in, I dunno, Blackpool or Birmingham, somewhere godawful.’
In an apology Tweet, Ms Wheeler said: ‘Whilst speaking at a conference on Thursday, I made an inappropriate remark that does not reflect my actual view. I apologise for any offence caused.’
Blackpool Labour Councillor Lynn Williams said, ‘We’re used to getting (these) sort of ignorant and ill-advised comments. It makes me quite cross that, you know, particularly in this instance we held the Tory spring conference back in March of this year, which was incredibly successful, at our state-of-the art conference centre.’
She continued, ‘Blackpool’s seen the biggest increase in footfall for the last two years. We’re doing something right, people love Blackpool. Maybe she needs to come and have a look round and enjoy the world-famous illuminations on our beautiful Promenade. We know we’ve got a lot of social inequalities to deal with and we’re actually meant to be working with the Government to deal with those as part of the levelling up programme so, yeah, it’s just frustrating. But we carry on regardless. We’ll continue to invest in our town and our people.’