Minister Furiously Attacks BBC Over ‘Pathetic’ Discussion Around Tory Mayor’s Re-Election

Politics Live host Jo Coburn and minister Andrea Leadsom speaking about Ben Houchen's re-election

Politics Live host Jo Coburn and minister Andrea Leadsom talking about Ben Houchen’s re-election BBC Politics Live

Minister Andrea Leadsom raged on the BBC whereas on a BBC programme on Friday, criticising its protection of a Tory mayor who was simply re-elected.

The Politics Live drama started when the BBC’s deputy political editor Vicki Young pointed out that Ben Houchen had held onto his place regardless of a normal dip in support for the Conservatives.

The present’s host Jo Coburn then famous: “Support for Conservatives in the area in a general election was 21% lower than support recorded for Houchen.

“So this win is down to his personal popularity.”

Leadsom, sat subsequent to Coburn, rapidly reduce in: “I think that whole little bit of discussion is absolutely pathetic from the BBC.

“He’s won – all you’re saying is he’s had this big swing away from him. No, sorry, I am indignant.”

“No one is taking away from Houchen,” Coburn replied.

“Yes you are,” the minister hit again. “This is all credit to a mayor who has done an absolutely brilliant job in a key part of the levelling up agenda.

“This is an absolute testament to the Conservative government and its levelling up agenda that has backed Ben Houchen, and it’s absolutely testament to him as a good Conservative, his support for his community in negotiating to win – to apply – for the funding that is in the levelling up programme.”

Coburn mentioned: “Alright, you’ve made your speech.

“But actually, we can show why it’s not down, necessarily, to the Conservative government.”

Coburn then went through several of Houchen’s leaflets and concluded there have been no mentions of the Conservative Party and Rishi Sunak.

The host famous: “No one is taking away from his victory, his personal victory, but the evidence, Andrea, is very clear, that it was despite the Conservatives, not necessarily because of them.”

“Are you asserting, Jo, that nobody knew he was a Conservative?” Leadsom mentioned.

Coburn replied: “No, I’m sure they did – and what they said to him was, ‘we’re voting for you’ – as we heard from our North East editor, ‘but we won’t be voting for Conservative.’”

“Oh that must be true, then,” Leadsom hit again, sarcastically.


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