Phillip Schofield rips into Matt Hancock over Moonshot: 'Whatever the hell that meant'

Schofield asked: “We’ve heard so many stories, testing catastrophes, who’s doing the numbers? 

“How many people, how quickly after getting a test do you get the results back?”

Hancock replied: “230,000, that’s people. Capacity over a quarter of a million and the majority get them back the next day, the vast majority get them back in 48 hours.”

Addressing Operation Moonshot, Schofield continued: “Moonshot whatever the hell that meant.



Susanna Reid details '3am panic' ahead of major change at home: 'I'm dreading it'

Susanna Reid, 49, has just embarked on a milestone parents dread – their children flying the nest and heading off to university. And the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic didn’t help settle her fears, only adding pressure to a day that was making a speedy arrival. 

The Good Morning Britain anchor is mum to three boys, 18-year-old Sam, 16-year-old Finn and 15-year-old Jack.

In her latest column, she admitted the sheer thought of her eldest not being around anymore woke her up in the middle of the night.

“On Monday morning I woke up at 3am in a panic, having been in denial until precisely that point about the fact my eldest son is leaving home,” she wrote.

She noted that the weekend (19 September) was the big day, but the thought of returning home without him was too much to bear.

“I’m dreading the moment when I get back from dropping him off at university for the first time, and I have to set one less place at the dinner table,” she said, before revealing she had cooked his favourite meals for one last time the week before.

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“There was the misery of exam results and trying to get him to the place he wanted; the ongoing uncertainty over whether he’d be allowed to move into halls,” she said.

“The daily changing rules about gatherings that mean as a family we can’t even get a few relatives together to send him off.”

And to make matters worse, the on-going social distancing measures meant that she wouldn’t have been allowed to help him move in properly, as university halls try to cut down on unnecessary numbers entering the buildings at one time due to restrictions, something Susanna admitted she was “disappointed” about.

While they would have had to say their goodbyes on the pavement, the telly star did relish the moments they spent together preparing for the milestone.

“I felt like the font of all wisdom — a rare treat for a mum — as I passed on tips about comparing prices, and finding extended use-by dates by reaching to the back of the shelf,” she mused, recalling lectures about weekly food shops and general household chores.

But all students heading to university this year are acutely aware life won’t be the same as previous years.

Even Susanna confessed she wished her son would get the full under-grad experience, saying she was “angsty” about how much he was going to miss out on.

“Freshers’ week won’t be like mine — an alcohol-fuelled haze of joining clubs (Entrepreneurs’ Society? What was I thinking?) that I had no intention of attending after the free beer ran out,” she reminisced on her Bristol University days, where she studied politics.

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“He’ll have an online-only ‘Welcome Week’ and no clubs at all, thanks to the new rule of six.

“Students will also be ‘bubbled’ by subject within halls of residence, so they’re less likely to make friends outside of their course.”

She feared that he and his peers are starting some of the best years of their lives at a “disadvantage”, but chuckled at the fact Sam had brushed off her concerns.

“After the past six months, he’s just happy to be going to university at all,” she penned.



Piers Morgan makes 'schoolboy error' live on Good Morning Britain and is called out online

“You do look like you’ve lost weight already in all honesty,” a second social media user added.

“Could say the same with ITV’s attempt to show you and Suzzana sat together,”(sic) another viewer remarked.

“Very difficult to watch when your left arm keeps disappearing,” the tweet continued.

In the studio, Piers and Susanna follow social distancing procedures and sit at a safe distance away from each other.

In a bid to make it look like they are sitting closer together, the producers have digitally moved them closer together and done away with the split screen.

However, when Piers moved out of his half of the screen, his arm disappeared from view.



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“There it is behind that wall. All we have to do is open that door, slide in, sit on the sofa and have a few supplementaries with our Health Secretary who has boycotted this show since April.”

Piers also ranted at the Health Secretary for not answering crucial questions, raging: “I’d like to ask him whether stopped community testing in the middle of March when it was clearly absolutely crucial.

“I’d like to know why after a pandemic exercise in 2016,m which said we didn’t have enough PPE, they still didn’t have enough PPE four years later when we were hit by a pandemic.

“I’d like to ask what this protective ring around care homes was when in fact they sent 25,000 people from hospital back into care homes without testing them, many of whom had cover creating another epidemic.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.



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“CRYING at Chadwick Boseman!!!!! When movie stars make the TV In Memoriam, you know they were a BIG DEAL #Emmys,” someone else pointed out.

“Beautiful #emmys in memoriam performance by H.E.R,” another applauded the touching performance.

A seventh noted: “We’ve lost so may talented people this year, Naya, Chadwick, Regis it’s tragic but a beautiful way to celebrate their lives.”

“Naya and Chadwick are two names I never expected to see so soon. Rest in power, to a true king and queen,” an eighth sighed.



Piers Morgan threatens to cause chaos on This Morning as he savages Matt Hancock

For 146 days, no Conservative MP has appeared on Good Morning Britain as the government continues to boycott the ITV show. Today, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid hit out at the Health Secretary for refusing to speak to them ahead of his appearance on This Morning. Morgan even threatened to surprise Mr Hancock by joining him on the This Morning sofa and forcing him to speak to them.

Reid began: “We’d like to ask him about testing and why it is so hard to get a test and why they are introducing a £10,000 fine for people who test positive and don’t obey the rules and whether he thinks that might lead to people not getting any tests at all.”

“I’d like to ask him whether stopped community testing in the middle of March when it was clearly absolutely crucial,” Morgan interrupted.

“I’d like to know why after a pandemic exercise in 2016,m which said we didn’t have enough PPE, they still didn’t have enough PPE four years later when we were hit by a pandemic.

“I’d like to ask what this protective ring around care homes was when in fact they sent 25,000 people from hospital back into care homes without testing them, many of whom had cover creating another epidemic.

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“But I can’t ask him because for the 146th day, the government is boycotting Good Morning Britain.”

Morgan went on to threaten to join Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning as they interview Mr Hancock.

As the camera panned to the wall which separates the GMB and This Morning studios, he teased he would slip onto the show.

“People suggesting that if Matt Hancock is appearing on This Morning today, why don’t we just nip around and ask him some supplementaries,” Morgan started.

Reid added: “Heckle him from the sidelines.”

“I mean it is the next building, it’s literally through that door,” Morgan suggested.

“Maybe we’ll do that. Maybe we’ll jump in. Maybe we’ll just slide in on the sofa.

“There it is behind that wall. All we have to do is open that door, slide in, sit on the sofa and have a few supplementaries with our Health Secretary who has boycotted this show since April.”

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It came after Morgan insisted Christmas should be cancelled if it means stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Addressing the nation, Morgan fumed: ““This virus has not got any less virulent, it doesn’t understand rule of six or Boris’ idea of having Christmas Day off as if somehow we can all amass on Christmas Day and then go back to the rules.

“As if the virus is going, ‘Oh okay, I’ll leave you alone on Christmas Day.’

“If we miss Christmas Day as a country, if that’s what we have to do, we have to do it. This is our war.

“People have to be realistic about that. Hilary lets bring you in here because you’re the master of all this stuff.

“Where are we? With your expert head on, where are we now?

“It’s been described in the papers today, leaks from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor as an absolutely pivotal moment in the pandemic in this country.”

Dr Hilary hit back: “Well we know that the R rate is about 1.4 which means 10 people are giving this virus to 14 others.

“If that continues the rate will increase exponentially and we will be back to where we were pre-lockdown before March.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.



Piers Morgan erupts at Labour Shadow Chancellor's 'irrelevant' furlough demands in GMB row

The Good Morning Britain presenter argued that Labour’s economic recovery proposals for the UK will be irrelevant if the country is forced back into a second coronavirus lockdown during a heated interview with Anneliese Dodds. Ms Dodds stated that she will outlined a plan to preserve the UK economy throughout the next wave of the coronavirus pandemic during Labour’s virtual conference today. 

Mr Morgan said: “We now know that we are today going to have the two top science medical people in the country coming out presumably to prepare us for some kind of second national lockdown.

“This is a huge moment and you are going to deliver a speech at Labour’s virtual conference about how you would revive the economy.

“But if we go back into national lockdown everything you’re going to say today becomes irrelevant if there is another national lockdown that causes untold new damage to the economy.”

The Labour MP replied: “I don’t think it will be irrelevant because much of what I will be talking about is trying to preserve the UK’s economic capacity.”



Piers Morgan rages Christmas should be cancelled to stop coronavirus 'This is our war'

The host hit out at the Prime Minister’s hopes for Christmas Day to go ahead claiming the public should expect not to celebrate the day. Piers Morgan warned viewers to expect to have Christmas cancelled in order to stop the spread of coronavirus as the number of cases of coronavirus continues to increase.

Addressing the nation this morning, Piers fumed: ““This virus has not got any less virulent, it doesn’t understand rule of six or Boris’ idea of having Christmas Day off as if somehow we can all amass on Christmas Day and then go back to the rules.

“As if the virus is going, ‘Oh okay, I’ll leave you alone on Christmas Day.’

“If we miss Christmas Day as a country, if that’s what we have to do, we have to do it. This is our war.

“People have to be realistic about that. Hilary lets bring you in here because you’re the master of all this stuff.

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“Where are we? With your expert head on, where are we now?

“It’s been described in the papers today, leaks from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor as an absolutely pivotal moment in the pandemic in this country.”

Dr Hilary replied: “Well we know that the R rate is about 1.4 which means 10 people are giving this virus to 14 others.

“If that continues the rate will increase exponentially and we will be back to where we were pre-lockdown before March.”

 

“Halloween will be next! Not all of us are being irresponsible! We do we all have to suffer?? Shield the vulnerable and let the rest of us carry on! We cannot keep locking down.”

Another added: “My family are NOT missing Xmas! The young have suffered enough through this, if science shows a specific age group – young adults-are the problem then target them.

“Close pubs and stadiums, stop political demos and raves. Families are an easy target!”

However, others agreed with Piers, with one viewer posting: “@piersmorgan absolutely agree, the government are completely out of their depth and the public have little faith, or respect for them.

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GMB's Dr Hilary says 'exponential' coronavirus surge puts UK 'back where we were in March'

Dr Hilary told Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan that the R rate is currently 1.4 in the UK. He added that this means 10 people with COVID-19 pass the virus onto 14 other people and that if this continued cases would grow exponentially.

Dr Hilary said: “We know the R rate is about 1.4 which means that 10 people are giving this virus to 14 others.

“If that continues the rate will increase exponentially and we will be back to where we were pre-lockdown before March.

“The growth rate is about 7 percent, so it is increasing quite quickly.

“We need to get a handle on the social distancing because not enough people have been abiding by the guidelines, therefore the COVID-19 virus has been spreading.

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“If it continues to spread we will see more deaths and more hospitalisations.”

Yesterday Matt Hancock warned the Government will impose fresh national coronavirus restrictions if the public fails to follow the existing rules.

The Health Secretary said there was a danger the infection rate could “shoot through the roof” if people did not follow the Government’s rules.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Hancock said: “The nation faces a tipping point.

He added: “We have seen in the data that some people who need to self-isolate are not doing so.

“If you have been asked to self-isolate then you either definitely have the coronavirus or you are highly likely to have coronavirus, and so it is mission critical that you isolate.

“I am very worried about this second wave.

“We have seen in other countries around Europe how it can absolutely shoot through the roof.”



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“And that scientific approach is the right one to take -“ the politician continued. 

But he was cut off by Walker, who asked again: “My question was where the Prime Minister is today Mr. Shapps.” 

“Well, what he wants to do – quite rightly – is to allow, without politicians there, the scientists to pitch to the county, he will come out very soon after that and speak to the country,” Shapps explained. 

“I think it’s a welcome development, to allow the medical experts, to speak on their own, in their own language, set the picture out and then you’ll get the leadership. 

“It’s a good way to do things,” he added.