Kate Garraway: Matt Hancock urged to drop GMB boycott and face host amid husband’s battle

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 41, and Government ministers have refused to appear on Good Morning Britain following heated interviews with Piers Morgan on the show. Today, the latter urged Matt to face questions from Kate Garraway, 52, whose husband Derek Draper remains in intensive care.

Today, the Health Secretary faced a line of questioning from Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast.

Following this, news anchor David Mitchinson wrote on Twitter: “@piersmorgan Wow… @MattHancock really is talking to EVERYONE in the media today… EXCEPT you guys on @GMB.

“Don’t know how a public official can get away with that without being held accountable.”

Piers responded: “Especially when today’s @GMB is being presented by @kategarraway.

“You might think Hancock would have the basic decency to inform her about the coronavirus crisis given her situation.”

Kate’s husband Derek has been in hospital since March after he contracted coronavirus.

He is now free of the deadly disease, but continues to battle further health complications, such as problems with his intestines.

Kate, who shares two children with her spouse, has been told he may never recover.

The presenter returned to work on the ITV show in July and her Smooth Radio slot this week, on the advice to carry on with normal life by doctors.

Piers previously discussed Government ministers boycotting Good Morning Britain during an interview on This Morning.

The host admitted he had become angry with ministers due to having friends, like Kate, who have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He told presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “I had work colleagues, Kate Garraway’s husband, in a coma.

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“I had three friends who lost their parents in care homes, I had others who narrowly escaped and nearly died.”

He went on to say: “Sometimes I know that I probably went a little too far but I was genuinely angry.”

“I do feel if you were that closely touched by it… It made me so angry, in my view, the way they mishandled it.”

Piers went on to say ministers such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Matt have now avoided appearing on the show for over 130 days.

On his previous interviews with MPs, he added: “I don’t regret a damn thing that I did with those government ministers.

“I think they have been a total shambles with this pandemic, I have made no secret of it.

“I think so many more people died than should have died, what happened with our care homes is a national disgrace.”

“I make no apology for holding their feet to the fire.”

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