Thérèse Coffey terminated a Zoom interview with GMB leaving Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid shocked.
The work and pensions secretary walked out of the television interview on Monday branding it ‘insulting’.
It came after the minister was in a back and forth with presenter Piers Morgan over the UK’s high coronavirus death toll.
Coffey told the presenter that the UK’s awful Covid-19 death rate was due to the country’s obesity problem and ageing population. Firstly Piers thanked the MP for finally pointing out some reasons why.
He said: “None of your colleagues last week could give us any! You’ve given us two now – ageing population and obesity.
“So are you saying that the reason for us having the worst death rate in the world is because of the public? We’re too old and we’re too fat?”
When Piers suggested this, the minister replied: “I think that’s a very insulting thing that you’ve just said.”
“I’m conscious that there are a variety of factors that would have sadly led to being ill during this time, sadly that translating into deaths.
“I’m very conscious that this is a very serious impact that our prime minister was in hospital, in intensive care himself last April. I am conscious that we want to have a wrap-around response from people”
When Piers interjected with: “What did you find insulting, out of interest? What did you find insulting?”
She replied: “I also have to point out that you started this interview late. Unfortunately, I have to go to other broadcasters as well, and I wish we had more time.”
But Piers was quick to point out the government have had plenty of time while they were boycotting the programme.
The presenter responded: “I haven’t interviewed you since May, so you can come back any time.
“It was you that boycotted the programme. Please don’t play the ‘we haven’t given you enough time’ card, because we gave you eight months and you didn’t turn up.”
But Coffey had had enough of the interview, reaching to turn her camera off, her last words to Piers and Susanna were: “I’m sorry Piers, I’m going to have to go to another broadcasters. Piers, I’m sorry but I’m going to have to go. You’ve already had 20 minutes of my time, I appreciate your time as well.”
As the screen switched off Piers fumed: She throws out two reasons why we have the worst death toll in the world, apparently – we have an ageing population – so we’re too old, and we have an obesity problem – we’re too fat.
“When I said, ‘So it’s the public’s fault, is it? We’re too fat and it’s nothing to do with the government.’ I was the one insulting?!”
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Stockport to film a new crime drama
Mother of god
If you’re already missing Line of Duty, which finished last Sunday with a final episode that divided opinion among viewers, then we’ve got some good news.
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston is coming to Greater Manchester to film a new crime drama on Monday.
Compston is coming to Stockport to film the new series of Traces, a show following the team behind SIFA (the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy) as they investigate a bomb plot.
As well as Compston, the series will also star Molly Windsor and Laura Fraser – who played Lydia Rodarte-Quayle in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul.
Traces producers, in a letter sent to local residents and businesses, said: “As part of the economic recovery, filming on location is allowed to proceed, provided government guidance surrounding work activities is observed and industry guidelines are adhered to.
“We want to reassure you that our work is in line with the government guidance and has been approved in consultation with all relevant authorities.”
Filming for the second series of the BBC show will happen around Stockport town centre, beginning at The Arden Arms on Millgate at 8am on Monday.
Next the action will head to Great Underbank, followed by Freedmans clothes hire on Little Underbank, before heading to The Angel Inn at Market Place later in the day.
While the first series of Traces told the story of Emma, a young forensic lab assistant who discovered the truth behind a fictitious case study with links to her past, the second promises to ramp up the stakes with the bomb storyline.
The letter says: “While Emma and Daniel anxiously await Phil McAfee’s murder trial, a series of homemade bombs go off in Dundee.
“The targets make no sense. The only clues they have about the bomber are the bombs themselves.”
The new series is set to be released later this year, and you can catch the first series on BBC iPlayer now.
Come Dine With Me is looking for Mancunians for the new series
Calling all amateur chefs, now’s your chance to win £1,000
Popular culinary TV show Come Dine With Me is coming to Manchester this summer, and they’re on the lookout for contestants.
Filming is set to take place over June and July, and they need some top tier home chefs from around Greater Manchester.
The hit Channel 4 series pits amateur cooks against each other for the chance to win a £1,000 cash prize, and has become a British institution.
The press release reads: “Are you bored of cooking for your partner? Housemates? Children? Think your cooking skills have improved over lockdown and finally ready to test them out on the wider world?!
“Do you think you’ve got what it takes to host the perfect dinner party and walk away with £1000?”
Casting Producer Sasha Risner added: “Following the success of previous episodes in Manchester we are back looking for hosts to create the recipe for success. We are looking for keen cooks with bags of energy and who are up for the challenge of winning £1,000!”
If you want to get involved, you need to be aged over 18 and not working or trained as a professional chef. You also need to be currently living in Greater Manchester.
Due to Covid, for this series Come Dine With Me is using a centralised house to host the dinner parties rather than people’s homes.
Shooting will take place between June 28th and July 2nd, and to apply either head here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Line of Duty star says final episode is the ‘perfect ending’
Who else is excited for this?
The bad news for Line of Duty fans is that the new series is coming to an end this weekend, with what promises to be an action packed episode.
Series six will conclude with the seventh episode this Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with a trailer hinting that H’s identity will be revealed.
As well as that, the trailer shows AC-12 going all out on one suspect, with another police chase and gun wielding action thrown in for good measure.
And now one of the star’s has revealed that he thinks the upcoming series finale is the ‘perfect ending’.
Martin Compston, who plays Steve Arnott in the BBC series, spoke to the Shrine of Duty podcast, and while he refused to reveal the identity of H he did have a few interesting things to say.
He told the podcast: “What I will tell you is I think there’s a lot of pay offs coming this Sunday.
“There’s a lot of big answers and it’s deserved, people have stuck with us for a long time, so there comes a point where the story arch comes to an end.”
When asked if there would be another series, he said: “We don’t know [if there will be another] – that’s nothing new… Jed always takes time after a series, like a couple of months.
“There’s a lot of stuff above my pay grade like analytics and audience scores. He takes the emotion out of it and looks at all that.”
Martin continued: “It’s different this year, because we have to look at it in terms of, do people want us back? 10 years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.
“But then we might go another couple of months and… what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it. Jed will only do it if there’s a story to be told.”
More than 11 million people tuned into the latest episode, so it’s a safe bet that people do want the Line of Duty gang back on their screens catching bent coppers.