GMB rack up 1,000 Ofcom complaints after Ben Shephard and Rishi Sunak clash

Good Morning Britain has been hit with more than 1,000 Ofcom complaints after Ben Shephard and Rishi Sunak clashed on the show.

The Chancellor appeared on the ITV news programme last Thursday (November 26) where he was quizzed by Ben and co-host Susanna Reid.

The presenters asked Mr Sunak about his new budget plans as well as discussing government help for the self-employed during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was the latter that lead to the fiery exchange between Ben and the Chancellor and 1,008 viewers later complained to the broadcasting watchdog.

Ofcom told the Manchester Evening News that the complaints “relate to inaccuracies by Rishi Sunak” during the interview.

During the chat, the programme showed a tweet from Mr Sunak regarding self-employed workers which said: “You have not been forgotten. We will not leave you behind. We are all in this together.” 

But Ben said: “Unfortunately that’s not true, is it?

Viewers were left unimpressed
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“There are 2.9million people, nearly nine per cent of the workforce, that are currently excluded or forgotten about from all of these schemes.

“For one reason or another they cannot get access to some of those schemes that you have put into place.”

Mr Sunak replied suggesting that it was inaccurate. “I don’t think that three million number is right as you’ve used it,” he responded.

“It includes 1.5million people who do not qualify for the support scheme because they are not majority self-employed.”

Manchester Evening News