Piers will grill Hancock on GMB tomorrow (Picture: ITV)
The GMB host has confirmed that the Health Secretary will appear on Monday morning’s edition of the ITV show, after both Piers and Susanna Reid goaded the Government over their apparent refusal to send representatives on the show during the pandemic.
Piers, 55, tweeted: ‘BREAKING: Just had a call from Downing Street.
‘The 201-day Government boycott of @GMB is over & Health Secretary @MattHancock will be appearing on the show tomorrow morning…’
Piers’s followers said they were looking forward to the grilling he would give Hancock, while others insisted that the journalist let the Health Secretary speak.
Others speculated about whether the exits of Boris Johnson’s Director of Communications Lee Cain and chief adviser Dominic Cummings’ exits from Downing Street had anything to do with the change of heart.
It is expected that Piers and Susanna will grill Hancock on the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the United Kingdom finishes its second week of a month long lockdown, and the safety of the rollout of a vaccine.
Hancock had briefly appeared on Monday’s programme when reporter Nick Dixon grabbed him to speak about the news of a vaccine after he finished an interview with a different broadcaster.
This news comes after Susanna, 49, penned an opinion piece for iNews, questioning why the Government had not sent a minister to be formally interviewed on GMB in 200 days.
Demanding that a minister speak to them to address the concerns of their millions of viewers, the journalist wrote: ‘I am tough enough to deal with [Piers] – his challenges, his digs, being spoken over, taken to task – I don’t take it personally. I don’t get up in a huff or think it’s very unfair that this notoriously challenging journalist is asking me difficult questions and putting me on the spot – I know that’s what you get on our news programmes.
‘So if I can deal with it, how come a Government minister, whose job it is to answer those questions on behalf of the taxpayers who pay for their salaries, can’t turn up and answer those questions?’
Earlier this week, Piers also hit out at the Government for ‘snubbing’ Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek Draper has been in hospital since March after contracting Covid-19.
He told The Mirror: ‘OK, don’t come on when I am on. But to not come on when Kate is presenting. Really?
‘You are going to snub someone whose husband is in a coma from Covid. It’s shameful.’
Good Morning Britain is on tomorrow morning at 6am on ITV.
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