Labour minister forced to apologise after ‘nasty’ joke about Thatcher’s ‘hearse’

A Welsh Labour minister had to apologise after making an ill-judged joke about bringing Margaret Thatcher into the Government.

In a surprise move, Rishi Sunak appointed former Prime Minister David Cameron as his new Foreign Secretary during a dramatic reshuffle yesterday.

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

She included a picture of the former PM’s hearse with her joke, and added: “Talk about a full circle moment – the man who sparked a decision that divided the nation is now poised to save the government.”

Claiming the Conservatives had been faced with a “seemingly shallow talent pool or questionable choices”, she added: “Are we so desperate for leadership that we’re reaching into the past?”

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The Brexit referendum was brought due to an election promise made by Mr Cameron – although he himself did not support the campaign to Leave, resigning after it achieved a majority vote.

Tory MP Fay Jones, MP for Brecon and Radnor, hit out at Ms Morgan’s joke and described it as a “nasty post”.

Laura Anne Jones, Conservative Senedd member for South East Wales, demanded Morgan apologise and delete it.

She described the comment as “appalling”, writing on X: “This is well beyond the pale, the public expect far better from their ministers.”

Mr Jones replied: “Wouldn’t it be great if her attention had gone to the Welsh NHS, instead of a nasty post like this?”

Ms Morgan has since deleted the post, and a spokeswoman for her has apologised for any offence caused.

The appointment of the former PM to Foreign Secretary came after the sacking of Suella Braverman as Home Secretary after she penned an article in which she suggested police were biased against right-wing protesters.

James Cleverly was moved to take her position, with Mr Cameron taking up his empty position in the foreign office.

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”.

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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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