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Tory councilor and MP worker, 20, apologizes after posting tweets criticizing NHS nurses

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A Tory councilor and member of the staff of a Derbyshire MP has apologized after swearing in a series of insulting tweets to NHS nurses who wanted a pay rise to help fight the coronavirus.

Jake Gilbert, 20, a representative of the Loscoe ward at Heanor and Loscoe in Derbyshire, tweeted on July 21: ‘If the nurses ‘refuse’ the raise, f**k them and don’t give them.

In addition to insulting immigrants, saying students just wanted to take pills and complaining about building on the green belt, he retweeted insulting comments about a woman with universal praise.

Cllr Gilbert is currently a case worker for conservative Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

NHS staff across the country received a three per cent pay increase after spending a year on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally, the pay increase was only supposed to be one percent.

The Loscoe ward councilor at Heanor and Loscoe in Derbyshire tweeted: 'If the nurses

Conservative councilor and MP Jake Gilbert, 20, (pictured) criticized nurses asking for a raise after battling Covid in UK hospitals during the pandemic. He tweeted: ‘If the nurses ‘refuse’ the raise, f*** them and don’t give them’

The 20-year-old set his account to private after Derbyshire Live reporters discovered July’s comments.

Cllr Gilbert had also previously tweeted a series of incendiary views between June and July 2021.

Although his MP boss is an advocate for protecting the green belt in his constituency, Cllr Gilbert tweeted: “Just build on the green belt. Just imagine how many houses could do that… be built in this area, and there is still a lot of greenery left.’

He also accused young people of only supporting left-wing parties so that they could “take pills every night in clubs.”

Cllr Gilbert took to Twitter earlier this year to express his distaste for nurses who wanted to be paid more after their exploits on the front lines of Britain's fight against coronavirus

Cllr Gilbert took to Twitter earlier this year to express his distaste for nurses who wanted to be paid more after their exploits on the front lines of Britain’s fight against coronavirus

He added: “I wonder how many people drop out of university because they have grades they shouldn’t have and because they think the course is too hard.”

Meanwhile, he said: ‘Why do leftists think we care that they say Thatcher is dead? I don’t get it, it’s weird. Just like your grandma is, lol’.

The Tory councilor said his party was “already known as the filthy party, so f*** it.”

“They just hate us because we’re Tories, so let’s do things to make them hate us,” he added.

During the European Championship he said: ‘Me and the homies hate Italy, come on Ingerland’, accompanied by a picture of him with his middle finger up.

The Derbyshire councilor also suggested he had anti-vax views when he commented on a video saying ‘£7k in tax money for this s**t’ urging people to take the Covid vaccine.

All those tweets came after Cllr Gilbert wrote on the social media site on June 23: ‘The number of times I’ve had to think ‘no I can’t tweet/notice that’ now that I’m working for an MP is insane’.

The Derbyshire Tory also tweeted out a host of other shocking opinions, including one urging greenbelt houses to be built, an issue his MP boss has spoken out against

The 20-year-old councilor retweeted criticism of a mother on Universal Credit who was expecting her sixth child

The Derbyshire Tory also tweeted out a host of other shocking opinions, including one urging greenbelt houses to be built, an issue his MP boss has spoken out against

In addition to his own tweets, he shared a tweet from another user’s accounts rebuking a mother on Universal Credit.

He also denounced immigrants when he retweeted a fellow user who wrote, “I can’t wait for tens of thousands of refugees to arrive and make sure my generation can never buy real estate.”

He shared another that, along with a video of immigrants arriving on a beach, said, “Welcome my friends! We’re all delighted to pay 1.5% more in tax so you can stay in a beautiful 4-star hotel, have three meals a day and be treated to our amazing NHS! Be a love and thank the RNLI Dinghy Diver Taxi Service for expediting your smooth passage to easy street x.’

After his inflammatory tweets were revealed, Cllr Gilbert said, “I want to apologize unconditionally for my tweets and retweets on my personal Twitter account.

“I am deeply sorry for any insult that has been caused.

“My Twitter account is mine, and mine alone.

“It does not reflect the opinion of any other party or my employer.

The youngster went on a diatribe against left-wing voters, saying the Conservatives were known as the

The youngster went on a diatribe against left-wing voters, saying the Conservatives were known as the “nasty party.” He added: ‘They just hate us because we’re Tories, so let’s do things to make them hate us’

“First, I want to pay tribute to all the nurses, doctors and armed forces who have held our country together over the past year.

“Each of them is a hero and I have the utmost respect for them.

“Once again I want to apologize unconditionally for any offense that has been caused.”

Cllr Gilbert was first elected as a councilor in September, with his first meeting on October 7.

Conservative MP Nigel Mills has employed Cllr Gilbert as a caseworker since July.  The MP said he was 'disappointed' by the views his employee tweeted

Conservative MP Nigel Mills has employed Cllr Gilbert as a caseworker since July. The MP said he was ‘disappointed’ by the views his employee tweeted

According to his now private LinkedIn profile, he has been working as a case worker for Tory MP Mr Mills since July.

Mr Mills has previously passionately defended the green belt in his constituency, saying in 2017 that ‘I am very clear in my view that the Amber Valley green belt should not be built on’.

In a statement, Mr Mills said: “I was very disappointed to read some of Jake’s comments on his personal social media accounts. I do not agree with those views and do not endorse them.

“While I have no control over what my employees say on their own social media, it is critical that voters are not deterred from seeking my help by such comments.

“I’m glad Jake has unconditionally apologized for these comments and removed them.

“Jake has only recently started his internship at my office and after serious discussions about his behavior online, he has learned an extremely important lesson in communicating in a constructive and responsible manner.”

Heanor and Loscoe City Council Labor leader, Councilor Paul Jones, harshly criticized Cllr Gilbert’s tweets.

He said he was approached by concerned members of the public about the matter, adding that the comments were “shameful.”

He said: ‘What we don’t want is for people to hold positions that can alienate parts of the community.

Heanor and Loscoe City Council Labor leader, Councilor Paul Jones, harshly criticized Cllr Gilbert's tweets.

Heanor and Loscoe City Council Labor leader, Councilor Paul Jones, harshly criticized Cllr Gilbert’s tweets.

“It is very disappointing and we hope to convince people that these views are not something that a publicly elected official should espouse personally or as a councillor, because we are expected to be above that sort of thing.

“We have a diverse community. We have many people who have worked hard during the Covid crisis, people who have lost their lives and lost loved ones. We think that someone who clearly has credit for valued officials, just for a few extra pounds an hour, I find shameful.

‘Nurses saved the Prime Minister’s life – I would have thought that as a Conservative he would have been a little more compassionate to people who have really worked so hard to fight Covid and save lives, and comments like that are in no way unacceptable shape or form, and I think any reasonable person on the street would agree with me.’

Cllr Jones said he had not yet spoken to Cllr Gilbert, but he would remind all councilors on social media of their responsibilities.

It’s unclear if there will be any official sanctions for Cllr Gilbert’s comments online.

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