White Lives Matter Burnley stunt was "stupid", says Brandon Lewis

23 June 2020, 08:24

By Adrian Sherling

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has told LBC that flying the 'White Lives matter' banner over last night's football match was "a really stupid thing to do".

A small minority of Burnley fans arranged for the banner stating "White Lives matter Burnley" over their match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Mr Lewis branded the stunt "stupid", telling Nick Ferrari: "It was a really stupid thing to do.

Brandon Lewis labelled the stunt "stupid"
Brandon Lewis labelled the stunt "stupid". Picture: PA / LBC

"Inappropriate, bad judgement. I don't know why they did it."

Burnley lost the match 5-0, with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez both scoring twice.

Mr Lewis also insisted the Cabinet is yet to agree on which venues can or can't re-open next month.

Reports suggested cinemas, art galleries and museums will be able to open their doors to visitors from 4th July.

But the Northern Ireland Secretary confirmed that the decision would only be made at this morning's Cabinet meeting.

He said: "Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance will be at the Cabinet meeting to give us advice on the decisions that we've got to make and the Prime Minister will make an announcement later.

"This is positive and good because of the phenomenal work people have done in following guidelines, we're now in a position to talk about the next stages of opening up and what the new normal might look like."

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

The Foreign Secretary was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

'What's the difference between a Russian invasion and incursion?' Nick grills minister

Julian Richer appeared on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on Wednesday.

Business leader and former Tory donor 'couldn't believe you could buy access to ministers'

Cycling laws are due to change, years after the Charlie Alliston case

Killer cyclists face prosecution under historic new law welcomed by campaigners

Cyclist doesn't use cycle lanes 'because they're stupid'

Nick Ferrari attacks cyclist who doesn't use cycle lanes 'because they're stupid'

The Transport Secretary was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Covid travel rules 'kind of back to good old days', Transport Secretary says

Katharine Birbalsingh insisted strict uniform codes are needed

Social mobility tsar: Pupils will bring knives to school if you don't enforce uniform code

The distraught caller was speaking to Nick Ferrari

'I can't afford my heating': Caller bursts into tears as cost of living crisis laid bare

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng spoke to LBC this morning

'Less than half my office is back at work': Business Sec Kwasi Kwarteng reveals in WFH row

Rachel Reeves spoke to Nick Ferrari this morning

Shadow Chancellor: Tax North Sea gas firms to help struggling families

Lord Stuart Rose, chairman of Asda, has welcomed the return to the office.

'Hallelujah': New Asda Chairman Lord Rose hails WFH end and says 'forget about Covid'

Nick Ferrari hit out at the former Tory MP

Nick Ferrari: It is shameful that Christian Wakeford defected to Labour with no by-election

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said Gary Neville "brings life to politics".

'He brings life to politics': Andy Burnham welcomes Gary Neville to the Labour team

Andy Burnham has said he cannot see how the Prime Minister can survive the partygate scandal.

Isn’t it time to go Boris? Andy Burnham tells LBC ‘I don’t see how the PM can survive’

Call Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham | Watch LIVE from 9am

Call Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham | Watch Again

James Heappey has said he is giving the PM the benefit of the doubt.

Boris 'deserves the benefit of the doubt' over partygate scandal, minister insists

Mr Heappey said Prince Andrew had been 'moved from public view'

Prince Andrew's Epstein and Maxwell links ‘horrifically ill-advised,' minister tells LBC