Denise Welch has hit back at Piers Morgan’s claims those against lockdown are ‘Covid-sceptics’, amid the latest allegations currently facing Downing Street.
The pair have clashed before during the pandemic, with the Loose Women star taking a break from social media after former Good Morning Britain host Piers branded her a ‘Covid denier’ when she called for the public to stop scaremongering when it comes to the pandemic.
Now Denise has called out Piers’s comments once more, after he suggested allegations Boris Johnson attended a gathering at No 10 in May 2020, as well as several other claims of parties at Downing Street – which went against lockdown rules – would ‘vindicate’ those who he branded ‘Covid sceptics’.
He wrote on Thursday, before more claims emerged a ‘party’ was held at No 10 in April last year: ‘The worst thing about all these illicit Downing Street parties is they will make covid sceptics and anti-lockdowners feel vindicated in their suspicions that the virus was never that dangerous or why would the people running the country all be ignoring the rules so brazenly?’
Denise, who has hit out at the lockdowns and said she’s ‘glad’ she broke Covid rules, took issue with Piers’s statement and dismissed the idea those who were against the lockdown were also sceptics of the disease.
She wrote on Twitter, re-sharing Piers’s earlier comment: ‘Anti lockdowners are not Covid sceptics Piers. We are people who knew that such drastic action would cause horrendous collateral damage as it has.
‘We also knew that Covid although desperately serious for some was not to most people as reflected in the govts blatant lack of fear.’
Comments under Denise’s tweet were mixed, with many highlighting the prevalence of Covid and its disastrous and tragic effects on many they know.
One wrote: ‘When a fit and healthy 59 year-old member of your family dies from this wretched disease (at the beginning, back in March 2020) trust me, you do take Covid-19 very seriously!’
Another suggested: ‘At no point did piers state anti lockdowners were covid sceptics …. Maybe read it again Denise …. And do u think covid knew which people to infect more seriously than others .. that’s why people still need to be careful.’
However, many also rallied behind the actress, with one fan musing: ‘Not covid sceptics or anti lockdowners we just saw the bigger picture rather than the preached not practiced ‘for the greater good’ nonsense.’
In 2020 Piers launched a scathing rant against Denise after her comments about ‘scaremongering’ on This Morning, tweeting: ‘Dumb, deluded & dangerous Covid-deniers like Denise Welch need to stop being given airtime.
‘Her idiotic, ill-informed ramblings – from a woman who never stops telling us that she suffers from mental illness – will cost lives by persuading people to think the virus isn’t a threat.’
Denise fired back at Piers’ claims, writing: ‘Please ask Mr Morgan to show me one tweet, one interview where I have denied Covid?
‘He doesn’t want to be telling complete and utter lies with such a huge following. Seriously.’
Denise – who stated that she has been jabbed but is ‘pro-choice’ when it comes to the Covid vaccine – is campaigning for an end to ‘cruel’ Covid restrictions, particularly with care homes, and this week admitted she is ‘glad’ she broke Covid restrictions to visit her gravely ill father.
The Loose Women presenter has been mourning the death of her beloved father Vin Welch, who died in September aged 84 after battling various health issues, including pulmonary fibrosis.
Denise was able to spend time with Vin in December 2020 on what became his last Christmas. However, she drove up to see him at a time when the country was under strict Covid rules, which included a ban on travelling to visit family and friends indoors.
Speaking to GB News’ Dan Wootton on Wednesday evening, Denise said: ‘I’m glad I broke the rules [in 2020] because it turned out it was my last Christmas with my dad.
‘It was possibly the most heartbreaking thing I’ve been through in my entire life.’