The BBC News host was reading out tweets received by her programme following her interview with Tory MP Tom Hunt over the Government’s plans on reopening schools in the UK. But as she proceeded to read a few comments from her viewers, Victoria Derbyshire bizarrely read out one that was highly critical of her interview methods and called for people to watch Aljazeera instead of BBC News channels.
She read: “Susan in Glastonbury: ‘To Victoria, the interview with Conservative MP Tom Hunt was biased.
“It’s obvious that the reason for the failure to open up schools lies with the teaching unions.
“I’m increasingly at odds with the BBC over their bias in many areas.
“I find the best way to get balanced world news is to watch Al Jazeera’.”
BBC News: Victoria Derbyshire read out a tweet claiming her interview with Tom Hunt MP was ‘biased’
BBC News viewers accused Victoria Derbyshire of bias
Royal Central’s Charlie Proctor picked up on the bizarre moment and tweeted: “I love the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire reading out viewer comments about how ‘biased’ they are.”
Others took to the social media platform to criticise the BBC host.
One Twitter user said: “Victoria Derbyshire’s interview with conservative MP Tom Hunt was appalling. 10/6/ Shouting at him, high rate, regarding Easing of lockdown. She is there to present not yell at people in an unacceptable manner. It’s a wonder he didn’t walk.”
And another: “Victoria Derbyshire interviewing Tom Hunt MP for Ipswich this morning interrupting and being rude and aggressive.He said that the Government had done everything possible to get children back to school but the Unions and the Labour Party were against it and playing Party Politics.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce children will soon be able to visit zoos in the latest easing of lockdown measures – although their wait to go back to school could last months.
The Prime Minister will face the nation at the Downing Street briefing on Wednesday and is expected to confirm zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen in England from June 15.
It comes a day after Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed shops would also be able to reopen on the same day as the Government seeks to kick-start the economy.
But on Tuesday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was forced to admit defeat over plans for all primary pupils in England to attend classes before the summer break.
Meanwhile, health bosses have raised concerns that around 10 million people will be on the waiting list for NHS treatment by the end of the year – more than double the current figure – due to a combination of social distancing measures, a backlog of treatments and staffing shortages.
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The Prime Minister, who will face a grilling from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer today at Prime Minister’s Questions, will reopen outdoor attractions where people remain in their cars, such as safari parks and drive-in cinemas, because the risk of spreading the disease is lower outside.
A Downing Street official said: “People are continuing to make huge sacrifices to reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid a second spike, but we know it is tough and where we can safely open up more attractions, and it is supported by the science, we will do so.”
Questions remain, however, over returning pupils to school with a number of councils, including in the north-west of England, opposing plans to widely reopen after new data suggested coronavirus could still be spreading in their local areas.
Children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in England began returning to primary school last week after the Government eased lockdown measures.
But some schools said they did not have enough space on-site to admit all pupils in the eligible year groups while adhering to Government guidance to limit class sizes to 15 and encourage fewer interactions.
Mr Williamson said the Government would like to see schools who “have the capacity” bring back more pupils where possible before the summer break but conceded the Government was “working to bring all children back to school in September”.