Candidate apology over Prince Philip death tweet

A local election candidate in Wirral has apologised after making disparaging remarks about Prince Philip on Twitter.

Janette Williamson, who is standing for the Labour Party in the Liscard Ward, asked why the prince - who turned 90 last year - had not yet died.

She also made negative comments about the Labour Party nationally, saying "most of the shadow cabinet are both unlikeable and quite right-wing".

In a statement she said she wanted to make "a full and unreserved apology".

'Let myself down'

She said: "I appreciate the tone and content of the messages was completely inappropriate and would like to say sorry for any offence caused.

"I feel I have let myself and the Labour Party down and promise to learn from my mistake."

The tweets have been highlighted by the Conservative leader of Wirral Council, Councillor Jeff Green, who has emailed Labour Leader Ed Miliband to complain about Ms Williamson's comments.

A Wirral Labour Party spokesperson said: "Janette has apologised for her comments.

"Wirral Labour would like to make it clear that in no one way do these remarks represent the views of the party."

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