Susanna Reid shuts down Richard Madeley over lockdown mistake remark on GMB

Good Morning Britain saw an enormous row erupt when North East Cambridgeshire MP Stephen Barclay appeared on the show to defend the government’s Covid-19 strategy.

His appearance comes after scientific reports have confirmed that as many as 20,000 lives could have been saved, if the UK had entered lockdown earlier than when it did at the end of March 2020.

Susanna Reid was angry when her co-host Richard Madeley defended the MP and the government's decisions.

Taking a look at the fall-out from the interview online, he said: "Obviously it was a steep learning curve and everyone accepts that.

“We’ve been bombarded with messages on this story throughout the show today, and I have to say the majority of people are surprisingly forgiving.”

The host talked the viewers through some of the messages that the TV show had received online, with a lot of viewers in agreement that the government did not have enough knowledge of Covid-19 to justify the country locking down earlier than when it did.

The host explained that the majority of viewers were defending the government. He said: "On the whole, you seem to be getting away with it."

Susanna was outraged and said: "No, sorry, I take issue with that."

Richard replied: "Do you? Go on."

Speaking to the MP, Susanna erupted: "Yeah, there’s a litany of mistakes, Steve Barclay."

She continued: "I’m afraid you haven’t got away with anything, as this report shows. Too many things were done too late."

Some viewers were in disagreement with the government though, with one saying: "What is wrong with our country? Why are we not angry about this, why are we forgiving (well not me)? I don't know how we ended up here."

Another said: 20,000 people could have been saved if the Government had acted sooner. Put into context, that’s equivalent to saving a town with same population for example as Newquay!"

This week, a report has emerged where fellow Members of Parliament have found the UK’s response to coronavirus pandemic one of the worst ever public health failures.

The report was backed by scientists at the time.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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