Richard Madeley did not hold back when he hit a guest of good morning great britain as rude’. The presenter was back at the head of ITV’s news show on Wednesday morning alongside Charlotte Hawkins.
During the first hour of the show, the pair discussed the latest news headlines with the help of commentators Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce, as well as the show’s resident doctor, Dr. Hilary Jones.
Among the stories discussed was that of Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, who received questionnaires from Durham Police as the force investigates a meeting held at party offices during lockdown. Both the Labor leader and his deputy have said they will stand down if they are fined by police.
It comes after Sir Keir was caught on camera drinking a beer in an MP’s office after a day of campaigning for local elections in Durham in April 2021. Ms Rayner was also at the event, dubbed by some like “beergate” in the wake of Downing Street’s “partygate” investigation into lockdown violations.
After discussing the latest development, Richard and Charlotte joined Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray’s show live via video link from Westminster. Richard, 66, wasted no time asking the MP about the current investigation of Sir Keir and Ms Rayner.
“You guys need ‘beergate’ like a hole in the head, don’t you? It’s perfectly calibrated ammunition for [Boris] Johnson to respond every time Sir Keir criticizes him for ‘Partygate,'” Richard began. Murray said he “didn’t think so” before adding, “I don’t think we should do any false equivalents with the industrial-scale party that It’s happening in Downing Street, as highlighted by the Metropolitan Police and Sue Gray’s report.”
He then echoed Sir Keir and Mrs Rayner’s story about the meeting in question before praising his “integrity” for agreeing to walk away if he is found to have breached the lockdown rules. Richard then asked, “Who will take over?”
Murray avoided the direct question, beginning by saying Durham police have received complaints and are out on bail to investigate. But as he continued, Richard stepped in and talked about his guest. He said: “Sorry, but he is telling us what we know. The question is who would take over if Sir Keir was fined and kept his promise and resigned.”
“Who will be the next leader of the Labor Party?” he added before Murray, again, did not directly answer the question. Interrupting once more, Richard asked who would be the leader of the Labor Party. “Come on… look! It’s an easy question. If you don’t want to answer it, that’s fine. Just say, ‘Don’t ask me that question, Richard, because I’m not going to answer it.'” “
He continued: “Viewers at home can hear me ask a question and they can hear you give an answer to a question I haven’t asked. It’s just a courtesy. I’ll politely ask you one more time, if Sir Keir Starmer resigns, and it’s a possibility, because he receives a fine, who do you think will take over, who are the runners and jockeys for the leadership of the Labor Party?
Richard then stormed off, “If you don’t want to answer, say you don’t want to answer. Don’t give me an answer to a question I haven’t asked. It’s just rude.” Given the opportunity to respond, Murray said, “I think it’s also rude to interrupt when I’m trying to answer the question.”
But Richard, again, intervened and said; “You’re not answering the question, that’s why I’m interrupting you.” When Mr. Murray tried to speak, Richard screamed; “No, excuse me! I’m interrupting you, sir, because you’re not answering the question and I’ll interrupt anyone, anywhere, who doesn’t answer the question because that’s my job.”
He tried one last time with the ‘simple and polite’ question to which Mr. Murray responded; “It’s not something we’re considering at this time because we believe the allegations that have been made against Keir Starmer in terms of Durham and ‘beergate’ are false and he was playing by the rules.”