Ian Blackford caused some chaos during his appearance on Good Morning Britain (GMB) as he picked up his phone while waiting to be interviewed. GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid discovered Mr Blackford on the phone as they began to question him on free parking for NHS Scotland Staff. Mr Blackford could be seen leaning out of the camera view with his phone to his ear.
The SNP leader put down his phone when he realised Morgan and Reid had begun talking to him, questioning whether they were “interrupting him”.
Mr Blackford explained the “competition” had called him to check his availability for a later interview.
The Scottish MP was sharing a slot with Labour MP Bridget Phillipson and had been waiting to be asked questions on the recent decision to reimpose parking charges on NHS staff.
Morgan concluded his interview to move on to Mr Blackford saying: “Let’s go to Ian Blackford.”
Ian Blackford was caught answering his phone while waiting to be interviewed
Ian Blackford appeared sheepish when he was caught
But Reid was forced to interrupt to point out the SNP MP could not answer their questions: “No, we can’t because he’s just on the phone. He might be checking what the policy is.”
Morgan added: “I think he might just be finding out what they do in Scotland. Mr Blackford are you there?
“Mr Blackford, you’re live on Good Morning Britain. I’m sorry, are we interrupting you, sir?”
The Scottish MP appeared sheepish after being caught, explaining: “No, it’s your competition over the other side. We’re live on air in a couple of minutes so, apologies for that.”
Blackford told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid the “competition” had called
The response had Susanna Reid laugh as Piers Morgan erupted, saying: “Just tell them they’re going to have to wait.”
His co-host was however more conciliatory as she simply commented: “I’m glad you prioritised us.”
The interview was then allowed to proceed, with Mr Blackford insisting it would not be fair for the Government to reimpose parking fees on the NHS because of their hard work.
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Piers Morgan branded the proposal as an “utterly disgusting” way to treat those who risked their lives through the coronavirus pandemic.
Morgan said: “For years we’ve said on this programme this shouldn’t be happening anyway.
“It seems to me utterly ridiculous that doctors and nurses and surgeons, everybody else in the health care system have to pay for the privilege of going to hospitals to save our lives.
“This struck me as completely ridiculous.”