Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, insisted they had run out of time and had to move on to another broadcaster following a fiery debate with Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray. The ITV newsreader insisted on keeping her on for another minute to probe further about the recent uproar over MPs’ expenses on second homes.
Ray was left nonplussed when Coffey attempted to end her interview two minutes earlier than he was expecting.
After laying out the government’s plans for skyrocketing energy bills, the MP tried to bring the discussion to a close on her own terms.
“Adil, I’m going to have to go to another broadcaster,” she cut over his last question.
“We’ve discussed this multiple times already.”
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However, Ray insisted this wasn’t the case and tried his best to keep the interview going.
He interrupted her attempts to leave, and Coffey conceded to answer just one more question on MPs’ expenses.
The presenter interjected: “I was told you were a couple of minutes late so we had a couple of minutes more time with you.”
Coffey admitted: “Well, indeed, but I’ve moved on over our couple of minutes.”
Ray’s inquiry arose this week when angry Britons slammed over 400 MPs for claiming around £420k in expenses since 2019.
Many MPs, including Tory leadership frontrunner Liz Truss, have claimed thousands on bills for second homes while the rest of the UK struggles to pay.
Meanwhile, GMB’s official Twitter account also couldn’t help noticing Coffey’s distracting way of trying to cut her interview short.
“’Adil….Adil….Adil….’,” they wrote alongside a clip from Friday’s show.