Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray has revealed that no ministers have currently shown up on Wednesday’s show to speak about Boris Johnson’s party-gate, as he described the turn of events as ‘the worst possible situation’.
This week, it was alleged that the Prime Minister broke strict lockdown rules when it was claimed that up to 30 people gathered to sing him Happy Birthday and present him with cake in Downing Street on June 19 2020.
Downing Street conceded that staff ‘gathered briefly’ in the Cabinet Room following a meeting, despite social mixing indoors being banned at the time, while a minister jumped in to defend Mr Johnson by saying that he was ‘ambushed with cake’.
Shortly after today’s GMB began on ITV, Adil Ray – who was presenting alongside Susanna Reid – told viewers that at that present moment, the programme didn’t have a minister ready to appear to address the birthday party controversy.
‘We’re hearing this morning – as often happens when there’s a big news story around for the government, when they’ve got their backs to the wall and they need to answer questions – is that they disappear,’ Adil stated.
As the camera switched to show the seat reserved for a minister against a backdrop of Parliament, he continued: ‘So we are hearing that we may well not get a government minister this morning despite being a national breakfast show that has a predominantly Midlands and North-based audience as well, so the fact that the ministers are ignoring a big section of the UK this morning I think is very telling.’
Adil dubbed the party-gate as the ‘worst possible situation’ (Picture: House of Commons/PA Wire)
He then teased that perhaps a government representative would want to come in as they have cake to share, following the claim by a minister that the PM was ‘ambushed with cake’ at the birthday gathering.
‘You call it an ambush, I call it a party,’ Adil quipped, before saying: ‘So if ministers are around, we’d love you to speak to the UK. There is a police investigation going on, and the least you could do is answer some questions to us, if not to the police.’
The empty seat reserved for a minister was revealed on screen (Picture: ITV/Rex)
Susanna then added: ‘Don’t worry, you don’t have to answer them under caution on this programme,’ as her co-host laughed.
When Adil and Susanna opened today’s GMB, the former dubbed party-gate ‘the worst possible situation’, expressing his disbelief as he said: ‘You couldn’t make this up.’
‘You have one job in the middle of a pandemic as a leader. You don’t know much about the science – follow the science, explain the rules, and follow the rules,’ he said.
‘His own personal advisor broke the rules, he has to get rid of him. His health secretary broke the rules, he had to get rid of him. And now he himself at the centre of a criminal police investigation – you couldn’t make this up! It’s the worst possible situation.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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