No. 10 Benches Kay From Morning Media Round

First it was Good Morning Britain on the naughty step, now it’s Sky News’s turn to depart Downing Street’s good books. Guido hears that Kay Burley’s show has now been “benched” by the press team following a tawdry week of behaviour from the presenter, including retweeting Labour MPs attacking the government and launching a sustained attack against Rachel Maclean, involving taking her answer out of context and not dropping it for three days. They are watching closely… 

Kay being put on the naughty step isn’t quite the full-on boycott seen by GMB, and ministers will occasionally feature. Instead she will have to fight for her place on the round on a case-by-case basis. A government source says:

“I get the impression the broadcast plan is to be as open and accessible as possible but Kay over sugared the tea this week. She was retweeting a Labour MP after the Maclean interview and was still going for her 2 days later. Think interviews with Kay will be judged on a case by case rather than a given basis.”

It’s not like she could ever ask questions on Partygate from a position of authority anyway…

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Streeting on His Leadership Prospects

Wes Streeting laments loyally to Kay Burley about his chances of leading the Labour Party…

“I am sure that by the time there is a leadership election I will be too old and people will be looking to a new generation because after three terms of Keir Starmer being the prime minister of our country people will be looking for a new generation.”

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Welsh Secretary Tells Burley Not Every Politician or Journalist Who Made a Lockdown Mistake Should be Sacked

One notable moment made it out of the Welsh Secretary’s morning media round. Asked about last night’s Partygate fines and whether the PM should resign if he receives one, Simon Hart told Kay Burley:

“We all make judgements which we have time to reflect on and wished we’d made differently, I think for me personally speaking the world has moved on… the idea that every politician – or indeed every journalist for that matter – who makes a misjudgement along the way should automatically be sacked is not something I subscribe to.”

Whoever could he be thinking of?

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Beth Rigby Offered Resignation Over Burley’s Lockdown Party

Beth Rigby has admitted she offered to resign as Sky News‘ Political Editor for attending Kay Burley’s lockdown-breaking birthday bash in December 2020. As Guido exclusively revealed at the time, Rigby joined 9 Sky colleagues at Burley’s illegal sixtieth birthday while London was still under Tier 2 rules. Both Rigby and Burley were taken off-air for three and six months respectively…

Now Rigby has revealed in a Times interview that while her lawbreaking “wasn’t a deliberate thing“, it was a “a really stupid thing to do”, and she even offered to step down:

“Actually, what people don’t know about all of that, which no one really knows, apart from a couple of people at Sky, is that I did offer to resign over it because I realised as it played out in the press how bad it looked, that it was potentially damaging for the channel, that it had upset my colleagues, and I felt absolutely wretched about that.”

Sky’s Head of News John Ryley rejected Rigby’s resignation, instead saying “I don’t want you to do that. I want you to remain our political editor but I think you need to kind of spend some time away.” Suspect Kay Burley did not make the same offer.

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Thornberry’s Jolly Russia Interview

Good to see Thornberry out on top form this morning. Being interviewed by Kay Burley on the volatile Russia situation, the shadow attorney general ended up losing her train of thought and admitted she couldn’t remember the question, to peals of laughter. Sir Keir probably has few regrets about demoting Thornberry…

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Burley and Javid Clash Over NHS Vaccine Mandate

Javid came out swinging today in defence of his decision to mandate Covid vaccinations for NHS staff. Appearing on Sky News this morning, Javid took Kay Burley head on over her claim that “a 37% chance” of serious illness from Covid is “still pretty high“:

“Well what would you like, Kay? Would you like a hundred percent chance? … You say it’s quite high, but I tell you what, 80 and 90% chance is a lot higher. And I think your viewers will understand […] that this is about minimising the risk…I’ve lost loved ones to this, lots of people have listening to this programme. And I think what they would expect, that if you are in a vulnerable situation, if you are in a hospital bed, you’re in a care home, you’re in your home receiving domiciliary care, [you] don’t want to know that that care worker is…going around every house and infecting ten other people.”

When Burley finally managed to butt in, Saj added “I’m only doing what you normally do”…

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