Labour candidate reprimanded after Thatcher Facebook gaffe –

Welsh Labour candidate Joe Lock has had his knuckles rapped after using
Facebook to voice his hope that
Margaret Thatcher will die soon.
Commenting on a Facebook group called ‘Is Margaret Thatcher dead yet?’ last year, Lock wrote on the social networking site: ‘Can’t be long, fingers crossed’.
The 25-year-old Ynys Mon candidate, who has taken time off from being a mature politics student for the election, also posted that he ‘loves Tories, as long as they are impaled on a large spike’.
Lock has apologised for his remarks, labelled ‘offensive, abusive’ and ‘unacceptable for anyone seeking public office’ by the Conservative party.
‘These were stupid comments and intended for friends, but that is absolutely no excuse,’ he said.
‘I accept completely that I should not have made these comments and I apologise unreservedly to anyone I may have offended.
‘I have offered a personal apology to Welsh Labour, the local party and to [Welsh Labour leader] Carwyn Jones for any embarrassment I may have caused.’
Speaking on the campaign trail in Barry, Jones confirmed that Lock ‘has been reprimanded’, adding: ‘They were comments that were made before he was a candidate. 
‘He’s a young man and he will have learned a very hard lesson.’
He also noted that, ‘in these days of Facebook and Twitter ‘, it can be difficult to check up on candidates thoroughly.
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