Viewers of the ITV show saw an empty chair when presenter Adil Ray jokingly told government ministers that ‘we have some cake here if you want to come in’ – because Boris Johnson’s political future is in the balance
Good Morning Britain presenter Adil Ray said no ministers appeared on Wednesday’s show as the prime minister’s political future was in limbo.
This comes after claims that the prime minister was earlier given a surprise birthday party during the coronavirus lockdown, while indoor social events were banned.
Wednesday’s ITV show presenter Adil Ray sat down with co-host Susannah Reid and told the audience that no government minister had booked to appear at the event to address the birthday party controversy – Foreign Secretary Liz Truss gave media interviews elsewhere this morning.
GMB presenter Susannah rubbished the allegations during Tuesday’s show, claiming Mrs Johnson wished employees a happy birthday while presenting a cake to the PM before tucking into picnic food from M&S Was.
Downing Street admitted that after a meeting staffers ‘gathered briefly’ in the cabinet room, while a minister defended Mr Johnson saying he had been ‘attacked with cake’.
It comes as reports from Sue Grey’s No 10 lockdown bash may have been published this morning and reportedly contain “harmful” findings for Boris Johnson.
After discussing the issue of rising coronavirus cases among school students, the ITV morning show showed an empty government minister’s chair in the studio.
Host Susanna said: “We’d like to talk to a government minister about this this morning, but unfortunately we can’t. We’ll keep you updated with that situation. The chair is vacant.”
Adil jokingly said: “If any government ministers are around, we have some cake here if you want to come in. We can attack you with a piece of cake.”
There’s also some cheese and wine nearby, so there’s probably plenty of reasons for you to pop in if you’d like.
Earlier in the program, Susannah joked: “We’ll find out what fridge they’re in and get back to you.”
Boris Johnson may now face police questioning at the ‘party-gate’ after Scotland Yard came under public pressure to launch an investigation.
Met Police Chief Dame Cressida Dick confirmed that officers would look into “several incidents” where COVID lockdown rules were broken in Whitehall.
When Adil and Susannah opened TODAY GMB, the former called the party-gate “worst case scenario”, adding: “You couldn’t make it.”
He added: “As a leader you have a job in the middle of a pandemic. You don’t know much about science – follow the science, explain the rules and follow the rules.
“His own personal advisor broke the rules, he has to get rid of them. His health secretary broke the rules, had to get rid of him. And now she herself is at the center of a criminal police investigation – you couldn’t make it! This is the worst case scenario.”