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Calls for Boris Johnson to apologise after he asks Britons to focus on wages NOT cancer cases 

‘Never mind cancer look at wage growth’: Calls for Boris Johnson to apologise after he asks Britons to focus on wages NOT cancer cases

  • Boris Johnson sparked anger by appearing to value economy over serious illness
  • In interview with BBC North-East he denied his level up plan was empty slogan 
  • Labour condemned ‘chilling’ remarks saying they echoed ‘pile bodies’ remark


Boris Johnson faced calls to apologise last night after saying ‘never mind’ cancer outcomes and ‘life expectancy’ – ‘look at wage growth’.

The Prime Minister sparked anger last night by appearing to put the well-being of the economy over surviving serious illness.

In an interview with BBC North-East, Mr Johnson denied his plan to level up the country was an empty slogan and difficult to measure.

The Prime Minister sparked anger last night by appearing to put the well-being of the economy over surviving serious illness

Labour condemned the ¿most chilling¿ remarks last night, saying that it echoed the Prime Minister¿s alleged ¿let the bodies pile high¿ comment as he sought to avoid a third Covid lockdown

Labour condemned the ‘most chilling’ remarks last night, saying that it echoed the Prime Minister’s alleged ‘let the bodies pile high’ comment as he sought to avoid a third Covid lockdown 

He said: ‘I’ve given you the most important metric, which is: never mind life expectancy, never mind, you know, cancer outcomes – look at wage growth.’

Labour condemned the ‘most chilling’ remarks last night, saying that it echoed the Prime Minister’s alleged ‘let the bodies pile high’ comment as he sought to avoid a third Covid lockdown.

Mr Johnson has always denied making the remark last October.

But Tories hit back last night with Yorkshire MP Alexander Stafford saying: ‘This is just Labour mischief. It is ridiculous to suggest the PM was belittling the importance of cancer outcomes and life expectancy.

‘He was clearly saying that when it comes to levelling up for regions in the North, wage growth is the best measurement as wages historically are lower – certainly in my region – than in the South.’

Tory party sources also pointed out that the £36 billion investment in health and social care announced last month would help to improve cancer treatments across the country. 

Mr Johnson’s latest comments came during a pre-party conference television interview when he was challenged to define what ‘levelling up’ meant to the North-East region. 

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: ¿People who have lost loved ones to cancer will be sickened by the PM¿s remarks'

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: ‘People who have lost loved ones to cancer will be sickened by the PM’s remarks’

The PM hailed the ‘sense of positivity and energy’ in the region and stressed how, for the first time in 10 years, ‘wage growth is now being experienced faster by those on lower incomes… That is what I mean by levelling up.’ 

But Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: ‘People who have lost loved ones to cancer will be sickened by the PM’s remarks.

‘He should apologise immediately. Life expectancy has stalled for those in the poorest areas. There is no levelling up without levelling up health.

‘It’s now clearer than ever that all Boris Johnson offers is just glib words and no action.’

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