Piers Morgan’s first question to Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain was for her to address the many reports of a feud between her and Tory leader hopeful Esther McVey, after she appeared to snub the MP over a question about working together over 20 years ago.
The TV host insists there is no feud – but she does “strongly disagree” with McVey’s stance on LGBT+ rights.
The plot thickened when, asked about the exchange during a press conference, McVey said: “We used to share a dressing room, and she used to do the programme afterwards. And obviously she used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes and then I was promoted to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes.”
“But she’s great and it was a great show,” she went on. “I can’t believe it. I think it was 20 years ago I did that show, but never mind. It was really good at the time. It was really good fun.”
Her point about a “promotion” drew raised eyebrows, and Morgan mentioned the MP’s response to Kelly.
So, what does Kelly think of all this "feud" business?
“I’m baffled. There is no battle. I’m baffled by that [what Esther McVey said about her] because I’ve had my own show in 1992. She didn’t come in until five years later,” she said.
She added that they didn’t really share dressing rooms per se. “It wasn’t really like that (sharing dressing rooms)."
It was a little room everyone shared. It wasn’t a dressing room like couches it wasn’t palatial at all.
After some prodding from Morgan, Kelly also addressed Esther McVey’s political stance on LGBT+ rights, and she isn’t happy.
Yesterday I got sick to the back teeth of the whole toxic political atmosphere. I strongly disagree with her on LGBT rights. I’ve had enough of this.
I’m really disappointed that Ruth Davidson isn’t standing. She’s one of the few human beings in politics right now.
Lorraine's passionate response has caught people's eye - and they're calling on her to be prime minister instead
Can we not just make Lorraine Kelly Prime Minister? https://t.co/iAl7hf8qR5
Proud of @reallorraine for explaining her ‘feud’ with @EstherMcVey1, how she barely remembers this potential PM on… https://t.co/MmRXQTbTPx
— Christian Guiltenane (@Christian Guiltenane)
And others are absolutely here for the not-beef
Some supported her - but not her part about backing Ruth Davidson
Bang on from Lorraine Kelly, right up until the Ruth Davidson part. Let’s not forget that Ruth backs Sajid Javid -… https://t.co/5T1tmZq4ZQ
— Stewart McDonald MP (@Stewart McDonald MP)
McVey sparked backlash last month after saying parents should be free to stop their children learning about LGBT+ relationships in school.
The former work and pensions secretary argued that “parents know best for their children” and claimed it was “down to them” if they wanted to withdraw children from sex and relationship education.
Speaking to Sky News, Ms McVey said: “I believe parents know best for their children. While they’re still children – and we’re talking primary school [age] – then really the parents need to have the final say on what they want their children to know.”