'Beyond the pale!' Labour minister forced to apologise after 'appalling' Margaret Thatcher 'hearse' joke

'Beyond the pale!' Labour minister forced to apologise after 'appalling' Margaret Thatcher 'hearse' joke
Millie Cooke

By Millie Cooke

Published: 14/11/2023

- 12:24

Updated: 14/11/2023

- 14:43

The poorly received joke was posted to Facebook by the Welsh Labour Health Minister after yesterday's reshuffle

A Welsh Labour minister has been forced to apologise after joking that the late Margaret Thatcher could be the next Government appointment.

This came after former Prime Minister David Cameron was appointed Foreign Secretary at yesterday's Government reshuffle.

Commenting on the appointments, Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan wrote on Facebook: "What next? Thatcher's hearse arriving at No.10?!"

She also included a picture of Thatcher's funeral hearse on Downing Street, taken in April 2013.

Morgan said: "Talk about a full circle moment - the man who sparked a decision that divided the nation is now poised to save the government."

But Tory MP Fay Jones hit out at the remark, saying it was a "nasty post".

Meanwhile, Laura Anne Jones, Conservative Senedd member for South East Wales, demanded Morgan apologise and delete the post, which she dubbed "appalling".

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She said on X: "This is well beyond the pale, the public expect far better from their ministers. Her last sentence here is appalling."

Jones, MP for Brecon and Radnor, replied: "Wouldn't it be great if her attention had gone to the Welsh NHS, instead of a nasty post like this?"

A spokeswoman for Morgan said she apologised for any offence caused. The post has been deleted.

Cameron was appointed Foreign Secretary yesterday, to replace James Cleverly.

The move came after Cleverly was appointed Home Secretary to replace Suella Braverman who was sacked by the PM.

The last time a former Prime Minister came back to the Cabinet was Alec Douglas Home, who returned to the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary in 1970.

In a statement, Cameron said: “I may have disagreed with some individual decisions” made by Rishi Sunak, but added that he “is a strong and capable Prime Minister, who is showing exemplary leadership at a difficult time”.

He said: "The Prime Minister has asked me to serve as his Foreign Secretary and I have gladly accepted.


"We are facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East.

"At this time of profound global change, it has rarely been more important for this country to stand by our allies, strengthen our partnerships and make sure our voice is heard.

"While I have been out of front-line politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience – as Conservative Leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six – will assist me in helping the Prime Minister to meet these vital challenges."

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