Matt Hancock appeared to take a swipe at Sky News this morning as he poked fun at staff apparently eager to ‘get back to parties’.
The Health Secretary, who is currently facing pressure over creating unlawful ‘crony’ contracts, made the thinly-veiled dig while appearing on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, where he was grilled over the Government’s road map out of lockdown.
The comment could reference Sky’s leading anchor Kay Burley, who breached lockdown rules with her 60th birthday celebrations and was handed a six-month suspension.
Ridge asked Hancock: ‘You want to vaccinate or offer a jab to everyone by the end of July – but you can’t even tell us whether we’ll be able to go on holiday in the summer? That does seem, to some people, a little ridiculous.’
He then hit back: ‘Well I know that everybody at Sky News is keen to be able to get back to having parties, and all of us, understandably, want to get back to normal.’
Burley, together with colleagues Beth Rigby, Inzamam Rashid and Samantha Washington, are said to have breached lockdown rules by attending a party at a restaurant in central London in December.
The presenter later apologised for the ‘error of judgement’, telling her Twitter followers: ‘I am embarrassed to say I inadvertently broke the rules.’
Matt Hancock appeared to take aim at Sky News and Kay Burley during an interview on Sophy Ridge on Sunday today (Picture: Sky News)
Kay Burley was suspended for six months after breaching lockdown rules to celebrate her 60th birthday (Picture: Sky News )
Hancock received some criticism for the remark, with one person branding it a ‘really petulant and snidey comment’, and another describing it as ‘rather silly’.
But others suggested the dig at Sky News was ‘well deserved’ – as they called for the broadcaster to quit for good. One person tweeted: ‘An entirely deserved burn delivered by Matt Hancock.’
Hancock has come under fire in recent weeks after a High Court ruling found he acted unlawfully over billions of pounds worth of coronavirus-related contracts.
But last night he brushed off the ruling and insisted he did ‘the right thing’.
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