Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan branded Matt Hancock “patronising” by during a clash over the government’s response to Covid-19.

Tensions rose after Morgan grilled Hancock, the health secretary, about the PPE shortages faced by the NHS at the start of the pandemic.

The host appeared increasingly frustrated as Hancock failed to give a straight answer – with the minister instead saying Morgan should be “thanking” his team because “they work so hard”.

After Hancock defended the work of his team, Morgan said: “You and your team have resided over a woeful handling of the pandemic that has led to us having the worst death toll in Europe – 130,000 people dead.

“So I’m sorry if my first thought when you come on here is not to thank you and your team for your brilliant handling of the pandemic, as I don’t think 130,000 deaths shows that you’ve handled it well.”

Hancock responded by accusing Morgan of not letting him finish, saying: “As soon as I start answering a question you cut in”.

Morgan replied: “Don’t be so patronising, health secretary. We gave you a chance to answer. But when you give a completely disingenuous answer we are going to call you out on it”.

The presenter has been a vocal opponent of the government and their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

At points, ministers have refused to appear on GMB to face his questions – with Morgan calling the apparent boycott “shameful”.

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