Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway was forced to apologise live on air after she branded climate secretary Graham Stuart “disingenuous” on the show.
During Friday’s visit to the ITV studios, the 55-year-old presenter welcomed viewers back onto the show alongside her co-host Ben Shephard.
One of the biggest stories on everyone’s lips was the growing concerns of possible power shortages expected over the winter months.
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In an effort to get a clearer understanding of this, the presenting duo welcomed the politician onto the show to squash fears as the colder months roll in.
While on the show, the MP claimed the National Grid provides essential guidance around power cuts every year which the mum-of-two was quick to shut down on air.
She began: “It feels to many as though the Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has slightly changed her position.
“During the hustings [she] absolutely, unequivocally ruled out any need for blackouts yesterday, didn’t rule it out. So do you know what is likely? Because people are very worried.”
The politician replied with: “The important thing is to look at the National Grid advice which they produced yesterday. They do this for every single winter.
“And what they’ve said is that we have a strong and diverse energy supply that we are – relative to our neighbours – in a pretty good position.
“But that the risks are higher this year in light of Russia ’s invasion of Ukraine than they have been in previous years.
“And therefore, we as a responsible government and working with National Grid and Ofgem and others, look at all possible scenarios.”
It was at this point that Kate argued: “I think that’s a little disingenuous if I may say.
“The National Grid does definitely say every winter advice on energy savings but they don’t specifically warn that we might have three-hour blackouts in the way they have this time.
“But you’re right it is very unlikely – how likely are you being advised of this?,” she asked.
He snapped back with: “Well very unlikely. You accuse me of being disingenuous – that's quite a strong word.”
The newsreader pointed out: “I was speaking about your point that they do it every winter and I think that makes it seems as though it’s made up.
“Whereas actually when you look at it, it’s the first time I've ever seen it in that way saying there’s a fear of blackouts -”
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The climate secretary hit back with: “Well that’s down to you Kate rather than them, they do do it every winter and they’ve said that the risks are higher than previous years but it is still highly unlikely.
“Nothing about that is disingenuous and I think it’s very important – especially when we’re dealing with something in this seriousness that unless I do make a factual error which I doubt I'm capable of – that you don’t accuse me of something which I haven’t done.”
The TV star then backtracked on her argument and apologised to the MP on air before they moved on, saying: “Absolutely, and I do apologise – I only meant it on that specific point.”
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