Joe Lycett says BBC wanted 'different direction' ahead of 'right wing' appearance
A Tory MP has taken aim at the BBC for inviting Joe Lycett on to be a guest on the now infamous debut episode of Laura Kuenssberg’s new BBC politics programme Sunday.
Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, the Conservative MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, appeared to take issue with the comedian being on the show.
He told those in attendance: “I would say her [Kuenssberg’s] show got off to a challenging start, in terms of major appeal outside of SW1 and on this whole issue of impartiality, by the Joe Lycett debacle, where he was asked on as a pundit.
“He did this mock applause after Liz Truss left the interview chair, was then immediately asked for his reaction and he said, ‘she was the dregs of what they’ve got available and the backwash of the available MPs’.”
During his appearance as a pundit on the show, Lycett, who is known for being highly critical of the Conservative government pretended to be right-wing in order to mock Truss.