Boris Johnson under pressure to sack Tory peer Helen Morrissey after she said there is NO pandemic

Boris Johnson last night faced calls to sack a Government adviser for denying the existence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Helena Morrissey, who entered the House of Lords as a Tory peer last year, posted a tweet that blamed China for spreading fears about the virus with ‘fake videos’.

The City financier is a non-executive director at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and was made a peer by Mr Johnson last year.

Tory peer Helena Morrissey denies the coronavirus pandemic, saying people would be 'dropping dead in the streets'

Tory peer Helena Morrissey denies the coronavirus pandemic, saying people would be 'dropping dead in the streets'

Tory peer Helena Morrissey denies the coronavirus pandemic, saying people would be ‘dropping dead in the streets’

In a tweet last month, she wrote: ‘The data shows we are NOT in a pandemic.

‘If people were dropping dead in the street we would notice and not go to M&S and have all those football matches.’

In an apparent reference to the Chinese Communist Party, she added: ‘CCP fake videos started this. It is ridiculous.’

Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, yesterday demanded the Prime Minister remove Baroness Morrissey from her role as a Government adviser.

She said: ‘Boris Johnson needs to wake up to the conspiracy theorists peddling dangerous misinformation from within the Conservatives and take action against Tory parliamentarians putting lives at risk by promoting and legitimising deadly conspiracy theories.’

Baroness Morrissey, who is a mother-of-nine, spent 15 years as the chief executive of Newton Investment Management.

She is well known for her work on inclusion and diversity and founded the 30 Per Cent Club, which campaigns for a better gender-balance on company boards.

Baroness Morrissey, No10 and the Foreign Office did not respond to requests for comment last night.

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