North East Cambridgeshire MP Stephen Barclay appeared on Good Morning Britain to defend the government’s coronavirus strategy as scientific reports confirm as many as 20,000 lives could have been saved if the UK had entered lockdown earlier. His comments provoked an outburst from Susanna Reid as co-presenter Richard Madeley sympathised with the decision.
A row erupted during the conversation with Barclay, who claimed last year’s lockdown shouldn’t have been initiated any sooner.
Madeley took a look at some viewer comments in response, and was somewhat surprised when most were in agreement.
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.”
“Yeah, there’s a litany of mistakes, Steve Barclay,” she accused the MP.
Meanwhile, Madeley merely chuckled as his co-host put the politician to task.
“I’m afraid you haven’t got away with anything, as this report shows. Too many things were done too late.”
A report by fellow MPs found the UK’s response to coronavirus, backed by scientists at the time, was one of the worst ever public health failures.