Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss has been blasted online after an eleven year old tweet in which she mourned the death of notorious pedophile Jimmy Savile emerged.
Truss, the former Foreign Secretary became the UK’s new Prime Minister last week, but just moments after it was announced, an undeleted tweet she had made about Savile after his death resurfaced on social media.
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The Mirror reports: On 29 October 2011, Truss tweeted: “Used to see Jimmy Savile at the Flying Pizza on Street Lane, Roundhay. Always in good spirits. RIP.”
Retweeting the decade-old tweet, comedian James Felton wrote: “This excellent judge of character is about to pick the cabinet.”
In a second tweet, he added: “If I was prime minister I would think about deleting my ‘I’m sad the notorious paedophile has died’ tweet.”
Many people commented on social media, with one saying: “There is always a tweet.”
One more person wrote: “I’m not sure Saville’s reputation ever fully recovered from the association with Liz.”
The tweet had already been highlighted over summer, during the leadership campaign, but was not deleted by the new PM.
Savile was one of UK’s most recognisable figures appearing on Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It.
He died at the age of 84 on October 29 2011, having been in hospital with pneumonia a short time before.
In an interview before he died, Savile said: “I’ve got a bounce back-ability, but this time I don’t seem to be bouncing back.”
Savile also said in response to a question about turning 85: “So many women, so little time.”
In 2012, he was first exposed as a paedophile and Operation Yewtree was launched after a fresh flood of allegations were made.
The following year, a joint Scotland Yard and NSPCC report branded him one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators.