He then said that a Cabinet Office official rang him after he first reported Wheeler’s comments saying it was a joke to break the ice and Wheeler took to Twitter to apologise but the damage had been done and people are miffed.
So today, the MP for no other than Birmingham Yardley has been sharing photos of "godawful" Birmingham, appearing to make the point that the city is really quite nice. We know, shocking.
And she had a more serious take on the story too. She also tweeted the following thread:
\u201c1/5 On Heather Wheeler saying Birmingham was godawful, I am not mortally offended, I am used to people thinking this stuff and being wrong and also people make off the cuff remarks regrettably all the time, we've all done it. It's the implied snobbery that's the problem.\u201d
\u201c3/5 Being a patriot as I'm sure Wheeler wishes to present herself as and thinks she is, is about much more than singing Jerusalem and waving flags, that's about show. Patriotism to me is about finding the joy from the people and the grit as well as the scenery in our country.\u201d
\u201c5/5 I \u2764\ufe0f Blackpool. Here are my Brummie kids living best life there. If Heather Wheeler is looking for something Godawful I suggest she drives a van of children from Blackpool to Birmingham on M6 & maybe puts her ire into improving the transport links in the Midlands and North.\u201d