BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg silenced by Matt Hancock at briefing after ‘excessive questioning’

Matt Hancock refuses to answer question from Laura Kuenssberg

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Laura Kuenssberg was invited to ask a question at the Downing Street press conference but instead of focusing on the pandemic the political journalist saw her opportunity to grill Matt Hancock over Boris Johnson’s recent sleaze accusations. After Ms Kunessberg asked whether Mr Hancock believed the PM should resign, the Health Secretary shot her down by stating it was a “Covid briefing” and not the time or place for her questions. Mr Hancock moved swiftly on as Ms Kuenssberg’s question was awkwardly ignored. 

Ms Kuenssberg was invited to ask her question and said: “If a serving government minister is found to have broke the rules on party funding or even law, should they resign?”

Mr Hancock picked up what the political editor was hinting at and defend the Government’s position. 

He replied: “I know that the prime minister answered lots of questions about this in the House of Commons and given that this is a Coronavirus press conference you won’t be surprised that I’m not going to add to the answers the prime minister has already given to the very excessive questioning.”

But the public vented their outrage online after the minister deliberately avoided the question which was asked of him. 

Daily Mirror Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze used his question to Mr Hancock to also question why an inquiry into Boris Johnson’s behaviour has not begun. 

Mr Glaze also skewered the Health Secretary who has previously campaigned for a free press but shot down Ms Kuenssberg’s question by branding it irrelevant. 

He said: “What’s the point of us asking difficult questions if you’re not going to engage with them?”

In response, Mr Hancock said: “The point of the press conference is the incredibly important progress we are making on coronavirus which is without a doubt the most important thing facing the country. 

“And if you have listened to the answers you will have been given an illuminating description of where we are up to scientifically that is available.”


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