The ITV Good Morning Britain host claimed Gordon Brown did a magnificent job during the 2008 financial crisis and his economic expertise would be of help during the coronavirus outbreak. Piers Morgan urged Dominic Raab, now taking charge of the Cabinet while Boris Johnson fights COVID-19 in intensive care, to seek help from former Prime Ministers like Mr Brown, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Theresa May.
He said: “My thought was on the economic side, Gordon Brown was magnificent in the financial catastrophe in 2008/2009.
“Showed remarkable ability to grasp complex details, I’m sure he can be helpful for that.
“Tony Blair and David Cameron would add other skills.
“But one of them might be just the amazing connections they have to world leaders around the world in every country.
“We need a global effort here.
“One of the things that Tony Blair said recently, and I thought it was correct, was that almost every country around the world jumped on their own little train to try and deal with this and actually, what we need is everybody on the same train.”
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Dominic Raab will take charge of the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis after the Prime Minister was transferred to intensive care.
Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care on Monday after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened during the afternoon.
The Conservative Party leader ceded control “where necessary” to Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State Mr Raab, who will deputise for the Prime Minister.
The developments follow repeated questions to Downing Street about how the Prime Minister was ill enough to be allotted a hospital bed but deemed fine to lead the Government.
Mr Raab’s first job as stand-in Prime Minister on Tuesday will be to lead the Government’s emergency daily coronavirus “war Cabinet” meeting with senior colleagues and the UK’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.
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He has vowed to follow the “direction” set by the Prime Minister for tackling the deadly virus, although admitted at the Number 10 press briefing that the pair last spoke on Saturday.
Mr Johnson was moved to intensive care at about 7pm on Monday and was understood to be conscious but moved as a precaution should he require a ventilator.
The 55-year-old had been admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on Sunday evening after testing positive for coronavirus 10 days previously.
US President Donald Trump said Mr Johnson was in a “very serious” condition to have been admitted to intensive care and offered prayers for his recovery.
At a White House press briefing on Monday, Mr Trump said: “I want to send our very best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Boris Johnson was admitted to ICU on Monday as his condition deteriorated
“We’re very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care this afternoon and Americans are all praying for his recovery.
“He’s been a really good friend. He’s been really something very special: strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.
“But when you get brought into intensive care, that gets very, very serious with this particular disease,” he added.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen was being kept informed by Downing Street about the condition of Mr Johnson – the 14th prime minister of her reign.
In a statement recorded after Mr Johnson’s admission, Mr Raab said: “The Government’s business will continue.
“The Prime Minister is in safe hands with that brilliant team at St Thomas’ Hospital, and the focus of the Government will continue to be on making sure that the Prime Minister’s direction, all the plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus and can pull the country through this challenge, will be taken forward.”