Gavin Williamson issues apology as he cuts off Louise Minchin: ‘I didn’t mean to’

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BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin welcomed Gavin Williamson on today’s show to discuss coronavirus vaccines, controversy surrounding the track and trace system and government policy on the closure and reopening of schools. But the interview didn’t run too smoothly as they repeatedly interrupted one another.  

Minchin quizzed Williamson on what support will be available to teachers who are tasked with helping pupils who have fallen behind.

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in schools closing from March 20 and many pupils won’t return to the classroom until September. 

There have been some exceptions including vulnerable children and children of key workers but many pupils won’t have received teaching within a classroom for four months. 

The education secretary detailed how the government plans to support schools but when the BBC host attempted to ask him a follow-up question, Williamson spoke over her. 

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Attempting to get his attention, Minchin asked: “Can I just put a point to you?”

“Of course, sorry I didn’t mean to talk over you,” Williamson replied. 

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