A Labour MP has been criticised for bragging about using the funeral of the late Prince Philip to go shopping.
Charlotte Nichols, the Labour Member of Parliament for Warrington North and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, posted photos on Twitter of her shopping trip on Saturday afternoon.
In the Twitter post, Ms Nichols said that due to her campaigning being suspended in light of Prince Philip’s funeral, she “took the opportunity” to go shopping.
She wrote on Twitter:
Campaigning suspended for today for the funeral of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Took the opportunity to head into town to see friends & pick up a few bits now non-essential retail @GoldenSquareUK is back. Even the Primark queue v quick & good social distancing being observed! ☺️ pic.twitter.com/eIhOTL5BcM
— Charlotte Nichols (@charlotte2153) April 17, 2021
This led people to criticise the post for not respecting the sensitivity of the funeral.
The former Duke of Edinburgh died last week at the age of 99 following a long-standing battle with ill health.
It comes after an embarrassing series of anti-monarchy gaffes from the Labour Party, which started earlier this year in February after a video surfaced of party leader Sir Keir Starmer boasting that he used to call for the “abolition of the monarchy”.
Yesterday’s Twitter incident follows several suspensions of Labour Party members, following a public outcry after they accused Prince Philip of being a racist on social media sites after he had passed away.