Staffordshire MPs have offered support to Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was admitted to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened” earlier this evening.
Speaking to StaffsLive, Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton said: “Everyone’s thoughts will be with the Prime Minister at this time and hoping for his speedy recovery.
“It is vital for everyone that we continue to follow his advice to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.
“All our thanks must go to the incredible work of our NHS who are at the front line. We will get through this if we all play our part.”
Jonathan Gullis, Stoke-on-Trent North MP, tweeted:
Staffordshire South MP and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson tweeted:
Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield echoed well-wishes from West Midlands Mayor Andy Street:
Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase wrote on Twitter:
Minister of State for Housing and Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher tweeted:
Aaron Bell, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, said:
Theo Clarke, MP for Stafford, wrote on Twitter:
Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands and former Northern Ireland Secretary wrote on Facebook: “My thoughts are with the Prime Minister this evening. Wishing him a speedy recovery and thinking of him and everyone affected by Covid-19.”
Kate Griffiths, MP for Burton, wrote on Facebook: “Thoughts and prayers are with the Prime Minister and his family this evening.”
The Prime Minister was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on Sunday night due to persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after being diagnosed with the virus.
He was initially admitted for further tests, with the Prime Minister himself tweeting an update earlier today, before his health deteriorated, Number 10 said.
A statement from Number 10 said: “Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, now deputising for the Prime Minister, says: “There is an incredibly strong team spirit behind the Prime Minister and we’re making sure that we get all the plans he has instructed us to deliver implemented as soon as possible.”
Boris Johnson is understood to be conscious and still communicating, and that his move to intensive care was advised by his personal medical team in case he requires a ventilator to assist with his breathing.
It’s reported the Prime Minister was moved to ICU at about 7pm.