RMT chief Steve Hedley hung up live on air when he was confronted about his remarks promising to party if Prime Boris Johnson died from coronavirus. LBC host Maajid Nawaz asked the union chief about the controversial remarks that provoked outrage across the UK. Following the interview, the senior trade union official was suspended by his RMT union for making the offensive comments.
Mr Hedley responded: “I’ve not come on your programme to discuss that. My views on Tory politicians are well known. They are not the views of my union and I’ve not come on to give me personal views.”
Maajid brought up his Facebook post, adding: “I was just wondering if you were glad that the PM’s life was no longer at risk?”
Mr Hedley hit back: “People can draw their own conclusions. More than 900 died yesterday because of the failure of government policies. I’m not on here to give my own personal views. Goodbye sir.”
The union boss, who then hung on Nawaz, was later suspended when his union launched an inquiry into his conduct.
Boris Johnson, who has since been moved out of intensive care, remains in hospital for treatment.
Downing Street sources confirmed he “has been able to do short walks” between periods of rest.
Boris Johnson is playing games and watching films in hospital as he continues his recovery.
The movies are said to include Withnail And I and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.