Lisa Nandy left BBC presenters Mishal Husain and Justin Webb shocked live on-air when she appeared to disappear from her interview. The Shadow Foreign Secretary was confronted about a video her predecessor Emily Thornberry had retweeted of Dominic Cummings being heckled by his neighbours as he returned home from Downing Street. Ms Thornberry had written: “The people of Islington South & Finsbury can always be relied on to say it as it is.”
The tweet sparked a backlash with some accusing the Labour MP of encouraging public abuse.
Today show host Ms Husain demanded to know whether Ms Nandy “approved” of the “pile on” against the PM’s aide.
However, she failed to receive an answer, and after checking, found that the shadow cabinet member was no longer still on the line.
Ms Husain told viewers: “I’m afraid it looks like she has gone. I don’t think she’s still there.”
Mr Cummings has been accused of breaking the Government’s own lockdown restrictions.
The special adviser had driven 260 miles from London to Durham with his family after his wife developed symptoms in March, despite official guidelines stating that those in a similar position should remain home and isolate.
He refused to apologise for his actions and said he believed he had acted “reasonably” and within the law.
Mr Cummings claimed he made the trip in his son’s interest so that his family could look after the four-year-old if necessary.
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