Former Labour MP slammed after labelling Platinum Jubilee celebrations 'gross'

Laura Pidcock questioned holding the celebrations when people 'are skint and full of worry'

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Laura Pidcock, former Labour MP for North West Durham, has been slammed following her criticism of the Jubilee celebrations.

In a tweet posted last week, Ms Pidcock stated: "I just feel like there is a real grossness to the state driven Jubilee celebration fanfare. People are skint, getting so much more skint & full of worry & we are supposed to go out & celebrate 70 years of unadulterated, unaccountable wealth, privilege, power & exploitation? Nah".

The rant accompanied an image of the Union Jack flags which have been hung down Regent's Street in recognition of the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

The former Labour MP caused a stir on social media with her statement.
The former Labour MP caused a stir on social media with her statement.

Across the country people will be preparing for extensive jubilee celebrations, revelling in community gatherings, street parties and attending official public events across the four day period.

The tweet divided opinion across social media, attracting almost 19 and a half thousand likes and over four thousand retweets.

Twitter user @adrianin87 lashed out at Ms Pidcock's tweet saying: "Laura - we are celebrating HRM as she represents our love of country and her many decent values - you wouldn't understand".

Union Jack flags have been hung across London to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee
Union Jack flags have been hung across London to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee

In another Tweet, @henriksenjensen wrote: "If you don't want to celebrate this event then don't.

"Nobody is forcing you to.

"Remember though, there are many people who would like to celebrate this occasion".

One user, @ClaraYdlelos stated how Ms Pidcock's comments were a "strange take" adding: "Even people from all over the world are coming in to celebrate bringing in business after a long Covid lockdown and many businesses going under".

The tweet yielded comments of support, with many deeming the patriotic display inappropriate in the current climate.

Twitter user @Epidemiology76, wrote: "I'd describe it as obscene.

"The Queen could have done the decent thing months ago and said cancel all celebrations and take the money that would have been spent and spread it across her most vulnerable subjects to help them but no it's all about them".

One user, @SheliaBurgoyne1 simply commented: "Totally agree Laura.xx".