Esther McVey in social media storm after sending political tweet during Hillsborough memorial

Esther McVey: 'Really regret the mistiming of local election press release. Apologies'

Esther McVey: 'Really regret the mistiming of local election press release. Apologies'

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WIRRAL West MP Esther McVey is at the centre of a social media storm after she appeared to tweet during the memorial service to mark 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster.

The employment minister apparently tweeted an attack against the local Labour party at the same time shadow health secretary Andy Burnham was speaking to 30,000 people at Anfield.

She posted: "Wirral Labour can't be trusted" with a link to a blog post about upcoming local elections.

 

 

Some three hours later, and after trending on Twitter, she apologised saying: "Really regret the mistiming of local election press release. Apologies."

 

Her tweet met with anger on the network.

Among the first to respond was Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell.

He tweeted asking her "not watching the service?"

Another comment from @kateab said "That original tweet should be retitled 'why Esther McVey can't be trusted'."

And @annie wrote “justice for the 96 shame on you mcvey”

The story has been picked up by several national newspapers.

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10:22am Wed 16 Apr 14

Joeblogg85 says...

This is a nasty person who thinks only of herself. Shame on you!
This is a nasty person who thinks only of herself. Shame on you! Joeblogg85
  • Score: 19

10:31am Wed 16 Apr 14

mickey1more says...

Really bad timing Esther, lack of respect for The People of Merseyside.But in a funny sort of way your spot on with the comment, true the Labour council of Wirral can't be trusted. Next time think before you Tweet.
Really bad timing Esther, lack of respect for The People of Merseyside.But in a funny sort of way your spot on with the comment, true the Labour council of Wirral can't be trusted. Next time think before you Tweet. mickey1more
  • Score: 5

11:15am Wed 16 Apr 14

JohnON says...

For a public figure, yes it probably was really bad timing but 'lack of respect' ? I really don't think so.

There are millions of people who no longer hold a minute's silence on Remembrance Day but that doesn't mean they don't respect those who lost their lives.

Justice and respect for the 96 who lost their lives and their families and friends can surely, after 25 years, be tempered with a sense of perspective and moving on.
For a public figure, yes it probably was really bad timing but 'lack of respect' ? I really don't think so. There are millions of people who no longer hold a minute's silence on Remembrance Day but that doesn't mean they don't respect those who lost their lives. Justice and respect for the 96 who lost their lives and their families and friends can surely, after 25 years, be tempered with a sense of perspective and moving on. JohnON
  • Score: -22

2:21pm Wed 16 Apr 14

rover600 says...

How can an MP who is meant to respect & represent the views of a Merseyside Constituency be as incompetent and as insensitive as this? If her judgement is so poor in this regard how can her judgement as a member of the Govt be trusted? It really is time we cleaned up Politics and were represented by people who were not either in some instances corrupt or incompetent.

It seems on a national level we have the Best of Dignified Politicians in Frank Field & The worst of in Esther McVey on the Peninsula.

In terms of local politicians it has been ably demonstrated by the on going farcical situations at Council level (Martin Morton case, refusing to release documents, dragging their heels etc)l that NONE of the incumbent Councillors (Irrelevant of party) can be trusted to 'Do the right thing', if they could the lot of them would have resigned a long time ago!
How can an MP who is meant to respect & represent the views of a Merseyside Constituency be as incompetent and as insensitive as this? If her judgement is so poor in this regard how can her judgement as a member of the Govt be trusted? It really is time we cleaned up Politics and were represented by people who were not either in some instances corrupt or incompetent. It seems on a national level we have the Best of Dignified Politicians in Frank Field & The worst of in Esther McVey on the Peninsula. In terms of local politicians it has been ably demonstrated by the on going farcical situations at Council level (Martin Morton case, refusing to release documents, dragging their heels etc)l that NONE of the incumbent Councillors (Irrelevant of party) can be trusted to 'Do the right thing', if they could the lot of them would have resigned a long time ago! rover600
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

5059 says...

JohnON wrote:
For a public figure, yes it probably was really bad timing but 'lack of respect' ? I really don't think so.

There are millions of people who no longer hold a minute's silence on Remembrance Day but that doesn't mean they don't respect those who lost their lives.

Justice and respect for the 96 who lost their lives and their families and friends can surely, after 25 years, be tempered with a sense of perspective and moving on.
disagree JohnON. She is more than a public figure she is a member of Pariament, a representative of the people - specifically people of Merseyside. The people of Merseyside have a great perspective on this tragedy and they cannot move on until truth and justice prevail; it is not their fault it has taken 25 years. For a representative of people from Merseyside to not be involved with this service (even watching it on tv, although she should have been there) is unforgivable and to be 'tweeting' is even worse, the fact that it was insults to the opposing party is just the cherry on the inedible cake. The people of West Kirby really need to show this woman how they feel about her lack of respect and kick her out come the election!!!
[quote][p][bold]JohnON[/bold] wrote: For a public figure, yes it probably was really bad timing but 'lack of respect' ? I really don't think so. There are millions of people who no longer hold a minute's silence on Remembrance Day but that doesn't mean they don't respect those who lost their lives. Justice and respect for the 96 who lost their lives and their families and friends can surely, after 25 years, be tempered with a sense of perspective and moving on.[/p][/quote]disagree JohnON. She is more than a public figure she is a member of Pariament, a representative of the people - specifically people of Merseyside. The people of Merseyside have a great perspective on this tragedy and they cannot move on until truth and justice prevail; it is not their fault it has taken 25 years. For a representative of people from Merseyside to not be involved with this service (even watching it on tv, although she should have been there) is unforgivable and to be 'tweeting' is even worse, the fact that it was insults to the opposing party is just the cherry on the inedible cake. The people of West Kirby really need to show this woman how they feel about her lack of respect and kick her out come the election!!! 5059
  • Score: 13

5:53pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Ron Francis says...

Oh, it was just "bad timing " not a total lack of empathy with those mourning the loss of family and friends at the Hillsborough Memorial!
Oh, it was just "bad timing " not a total lack of empathy with those mourning the loss of family and friends at the Hillsborough Memorial! Ron Francis
  • Score: -9

6:46pm Wed 16 Apr 14

keen gardener says...

Politics aside - it is or was 'common courtesy' that when you attend such events then you switch off your phone or any other device in order that you may focus on what people have taken time, effort and sensitivity to say in front of those attending. Wrong - wrong - wrong - Esther - shame on you!
Politics aside - it is or was 'common courtesy' that when you attend such events then you switch off your phone or any other device in order that you may focus on what people have taken time, effort and sensitivity to say in front of those attending. Wrong - wrong - wrong - Esther - shame on you! keen gardener
  • Score: 4

6:53pm Wed 16 Apr 14

keen gardener says...

Correction re above - apparently Esther was not in attendance - even so she should have known better!
Correction re above - apparently Esther was not in attendance - even so she should have known better! keen gardener
  • Score: 4

1:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Have we ruled out her bag carrier Blakeley, who has a long history of putting his foot in his mouth?
Have we ruled out her bag carrier Blakeley, who has a long history of putting his foot in his mouth? PaulCa
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Joylake says...

more important things to worry about than a tweet, im sure she wasnt the only one to tweet on tuesday afternoon. over the top outrage
more important things to worry about than a tweet, im sure she wasnt the only one to tweet on tuesday afternoon. over the top outrage Joylake
  • Score: -3

1:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Joylake wrote:
more important things to worry about than a tweet, im sure she wasnt the only one to tweet on tuesday afternoon. over the top outrage
96 people went to a football match and never came home. I don't think there can be too much outrage. Just my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Joylake[/bold] wrote: more important things to worry about than a tweet, im sure she wasnt the only one to tweet on tuesday afternoon. over the top outrage[/p][/quote]96 people went to a football match and never came home. I don't think there can be too much outrage. Just my opinion. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 9

5:15pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Joylake says...

She wasn't even there, she's apologised, I was on twitter that afternoon was disrespectful, plus I bet there were hundreds there doing the same. My point is there are more important things to use your energy than moaning over a local mp that won't be in power soon (hopefully)
She wasn't even there, she's apologised, I was on twitter that afternoon was disrespectful, plus I bet there were hundreds there doing the same. My point is there are more important things to use your energy than moaning over a local mp that won't be in power soon (hopefully) Joylake
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Cloud 23 says...

Cllr Blakely. Was it you? Yes or No?
Cllr Blakely. Was it you? Yes or No? Cloud 23
  • Score: 3

12:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

uncatom says...

Its not just McVey, its her whole government that holds us all in contempt, a few years ago Merseyside was described by a member of her party as "wallowing in self pity" regarding Hillsborough, we were reviled and assaulted by the sun newspaper and the Tories took up the cry, thieving from the dead, urinating on the dead the headlines screamed, I am not a football supporter, but I was disgusted by the attacks on the people of this region, and now what does McVey do? insensitive, no bloody minded and uncaring yes.
Its not just McVey, its her whole government that holds us all in contempt, a few years ago Merseyside was described by a member of her party as "wallowing in self pity" regarding Hillsborough, we were reviled and assaulted by the sun newspaper and the Tories took up the cry, thieving from the dead, urinating on the dead the headlines screamed, I am not a football supporter, but I was disgusted by the attacks on the people of this region, and now what does McVey do? insensitive, no bloody minded and uncaring yes. uncatom
  • Score: 5

9:46am Wed 23 Apr 14

Roadkill says...

I don't doubt that McVey doesn't give a tinker's cuss for the people affected by Hillsborough. Let's not forget that when the inquest was called for her boss said that the families were "like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat". Ergo, he was of the mind that there was nothing to be gained from the inquest. And yet, we've had to endure his pious remarks since then, as though he never said what he said in the first place.
I don't doubt that McVey doesn't give a tinker's cuss for the people affected by Hillsborough. Let's not forget that when the inquest was called for her boss said that the families were "like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat". Ergo, he was of the mind that there was nothing to be gained from the inquest. And yet, we've had to endure his pious remarks since then, as though he never said what he said in the first place. Roadkill
  • Score: 2

9:49am Wed 23 Apr 14

Roadkill says...

JohnON wrote:
For a public figure, yes it probably was really bad timing but 'lack of respect' ? I really don't think so.

There are millions of people who no longer hold a minute's silence on Remembrance Day but that doesn't mean they don't respect those who lost their lives.

Justice and respect for the 96 who lost their lives and their families and friends can surely, after 25 years, be tempered with a sense of perspective and moving on.
Have Christians moved on 2000 years since the death of Jesus, John?

The inquest into Hillsborough is still ongoing, have you not noticed? So, how can anyone move on?

Think before you write in future.
[quote][p][bold]JohnON[/bold] wrote: For a public figure, yes it probably was really bad timing but 'lack of respect' ? I really don't think so. There are millions of people who no longer hold a minute's silence on Remembrance Day but that doesn't mean they don't respect those who lost their lives. Justice and respect for the 96 who lost their lives and their families and friends can surely, after 25 years, be tempered with a sense of perspective and moving on.[/p][/quote]Have Christians moved on 2000 years since the death of Jesus, John? The inquest into Hillsborough is still ongoing, have you not noticed? So, how can anyone move on? Think before you write in future. Roadkill
  • Score: 1

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