‘Get well soon’: Politicians from all sides wish Boris Johnson well after PM taken to hospital

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Politicians from both sides of the despatch box offered messages of sympathy to Boris Johnson after the prime minister was admitted to hospital for tests.

The prime minister was transferred to hospital as a “precautionary measure” on the advice of his doctor, according to Number 10, because his coronavirus symptoms have persisted.

Donald Trump expressed his well wishes to the prime minister and said the country was praying for his speedy recovery.

“He’s a friend of mine, he’s a great gentleman and a great leader, and as you know he went to the hospital today but I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s a strong man, a strong person.”

Labour MPs were quick to extend their sympathies to the PM, with new leader Keir Starmer one of them.

“Wishing the Prime Minister well and a speedy recovery,” he tweeted.

David Lammy wrote “Get well soon Boris Johnson. The whole country wants you to return to full health as soon as possible,” while colleagues Jess Phillips and Yvette Cooper also reacted online.

“Sending regards to the Prime Minister and his family and friends especially to Carrie, it must be such a worry,” tweeted Ms Phillips.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon wished Johnson ”all the best and a speedy recovery” while the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said he was “sorry” to read the news.

“Thoughts very much with him and every best wish that he will soon be home and recovering from Covid-19 These are testing times for all of us,” wrote Mr Blackford.

“Please everyone StayAtHome and help SaveLives”.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran meanwhile tweeted “Wishing Boris Johnson a speedy recovery” and encouraged people to give the PM time to recover.

“While yes, people want their PM leading meetings etc, I hope can all agree if he needs to take time to get well he should be allowed to do that,” she wrote.

Conservatives wished their leader well also, with Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick writing: “Look forward to seeing him back in 10 Downing Street very soon.”

Additional reporting by PA

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