James Cleverly apologises as he abruptly ends BBC interview: ‘I do need to go’

James Cleverly apologises as he abruptly ends BBC interview: ‘I do need to go’


James Cleverly cuts off his interview with BBC Breakfast

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BBC Breakfast welcomed Foreign Office minister James Cleverly MP onto the show to talk about the government’s plans for pledging vaccination surplus to poorer countries. Host Jon Key also pushed Cleverly for answers on the end of lockdown. Cleverly insisted it “would be wrong” to speculate about the ending of lockdown before he brought the interview to an abrupt end.

Kay went to ask: “Just one last thing, just before we lose you…”

However he was cut off as Cleverly replied: ”Jon we’ve overrun again so I do need to get across to another interview to another channel, I do apologise.”

“Okay in that case we will have to leave it there, we have outdone our time, thanks for speaking to us this morning,” Kay replied.

“James Cleverly thanks for your time this morning on BBC Breakfast.”

Returning to the studio, Munchetty remarked: “Quarter to eight is the time, lots of really good results.”

Kay interrupted: “Quarter to eight, that must have been his cut off time.”

“Well the way it works in case you didn’t know, they go to lots of different broadcasters, the BBC and outside the BBC of course,” Munchetty explained.

“We get our allocation and he’s now got a producer from another channel going, ‘in our studio..’”

Kay continued: “And if we overrun then they overrun and it causes chaos.”

“And we don’t want to do that,” Munchetty confirmed before turning to Mike Bushell for the latest sports news.

During the interview, Cleverly outlined the plan for surplus vaccinations, telling Kay: “We have already taken very significant steps in terms of international vaccinations.

“We hosted the Vaccine summit last year where 8.8 billion dollars was committed by the international community for vaccinations for people in the poorest countries in the world.

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“We are already a very active player in the international vaccine programmes.”

“But those countries don’t want summits do they?” Kay hit back. “They want vaccines.”

Cleverly replied: “Well it’s because of the decisions that we made, because of the very effective decisions made by ministers that we have been consistently right at the front of the vaccine research, vaccine production and getting vaccines agreed by regulators.

“Because of our fast actions, we will be able to, in the future, be able to help make the world safe.

“Ultimately, our first priority must be for the protection of British people, as the British government, that’s our job.

“But we’re also making sure that we help vaccinate the world and doing it in the fairest way, which is in a multilateral organisation that can assess on need rather than on some short term international diplomatic level.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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