British Empire Olympic Medal Table Tweet MP Heather Wheeler Defends Post As ‘Tongue In Cheek’

Playing down any offence caused, Wheeler told her detractors, which included one person complaining that “slaughter and slavery is no cause for celebration”, to “just enjoy the summer”. 

“It was a tongue in cheek pop after the European Parliament tweet – it was purely that,” she said.

“I also wanted to congratulate Team GB on a brilliant result and thirdly congratulate the Commonwealth countries who also did very well.

“Fourth, I am also looking forward to establishing new trade agreements. That was it – nothing more. Let’s just enjoy the summer!”

But the reply is unlikely to win over many critics of her post, given the backlash it caused.

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