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.
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.