Labour shadow cabinet minister Jo Stevens, 54, is in hospital with coronavirus
- Her aides announced in a tweet that the Cardiff Central MP was being treated
- It first emerged the 54-year-old MP had contracted Covid-19 on New Year’s Eve
- Sir Keir Starmer tweeted his best wishes to ‘a dear friend and colleague’
Labour’s shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens is being treated in hospital for coronavirus, her aides announced tonight.
A statement said: ‘From #TeamJoStevens – Jo has asked us to let you know that she is being treated in hospital for Covid. Thanks for all your good wishes we will give an update when we can.’
It first emerged the 54-year-old MP had contracted Covid-19 on New Year’s Eve, when her advisors said she was ‘laid low’ because of her infection.
Politicians of all stripes tonight rallied round their colleague, with Sir Keir Starmer leading the well-wishers, tweeting: ‘Get well soon Jo, a dear friend and colleague.’
Labour’s shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens is being treated in hospital for coronavirus, her aides have announced
Tonight a statement from her Twitter account written by her advisors said she has since been moved to hospital.
Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford said: ‘All of our thoughts and best wishes are with Jo for a speedy recovery.
‘Thank you to Jo’s constituency team for continuing to support Cardiff Central constituents at this difficult time.’
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas Symonds tweeted: ‘Thinking of my friend and Welsh Labour colleague Jo Stevens this evening – Get well soon Jo!’
Conservative minister Nadhim Zahawi, who is leading the Government’s vaccine rollout, tweeted: ‘Wishing you a speedy recovery Jo.’
It first emerged that the 54-year-old MP had contracted Covid-19 on New Year’s Eve, when she was said to be ‘laying low’ because of her infection
Tonight’s announcement was the first tweet from her account since December 31 when it was first revealed Ms Stevens was battling Covid-19.
It read: ‘Jo has been laid low with COVID for a while so on behalf of us and Jo, Happy New Year to everyone across #CardiffCentral.
Here’s to a healthier and better 2021. Tonight we’ll be thinking of all those who have lost loved ones to this awful virus.
Ms Stevens has been the MP for Cardiff Central since 2015 and has two adult sons.
Before she was struck down with coronavirus, the Labour frontbencher was calling for social media companies to crack down on anti-vax misinformation.