Piers Morgan grills MP over GMB boycott after Matt Hancock swerved questions
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Piers Morgan couldn't wait to grill Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick about the recent government boycott of Good Morning Britain, as he appeared on the ITV show on Tuesday.
After six months of government ministers not appearing, two MPs appeared this week leaving Piers and co-host Susanna Reid thrilled.
But they were keen for answers on where they had all been amid the coronavirus pandemic, and why they avoided GMB.
Not only that, but Piers wanted to know who backed the boycott – and who was "bullied" into it.
On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock kept avoiding the questions, refusing to answer his thoughts on the boycott.
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On Tuesday, it was Jenrick's turn to be asked about it – and he too initially swerved.
But after the previous day, Piers wasn't going to move on until he had answers.
After repeating his questions, he asked if Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain's exits from Downing Street were the reason for the lifting of the boycott.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was happy to be on the show
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Jenrick said: "I am pleased to be back on the show Piers.
"My family watch it every morning, and I'm pleased to be here to answer questions for you."
After the slight swerve, Piers said: "That was my question… why did you boycott the programme?"
Matt Hancock avoided the question
He responded: "I have been doing media almost every week for the last six months.
"It has been widely reported that there have been some changes in Government in the last few days, and the decision has been made to be back on your show and I am pleased to be here."
Having previously blamed Cummings and Cain for MPs avoiding the show, Piers asked Jenrick if he was suggesting he was made to boycott it despite being happy to appear on.
Piers wanted answers over the boycott
He asked: "Did you agree with the boycott?"
The MP told him: "Well my style is to be available and to answer questions wherever I can.
"So as I say I have been on ITV and many other channels over the course of the last six months, trying to inform the public about the decisions I am taking and be available to be held to account."
Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain have left Downing Street
(Image: Adrian Dennis/PA Wire)
Piers then said he had denied his own family as well as GMB viewers "up to date information on the pandemic" by not appearing, before suggesting Cummings and Cain may have been behind it.
He told him: "Reading between the lines, what you appear to be suggesting is you were all bullied into not coming on the programme by Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain, who have now left the building."
Jenrick replied: "Well we can discuss the past Piers, but I am here to answer your questions and speak to your viewers."
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.