LORRAINE Kelly has broken her silence over the 'snub' of would-be Prime Minister Esther McVey, saying she is "baffled" by the row and denying they "fought over Eamonn Holmes" in the '90s.

The Scots TV presenter then in a strongly worded commentary over the state of UK politics and Brexit, indicated that she was mostly unhappy with Ms McVey's controversial political opinions - particularly on LGBT+ rights.

Last week Ms McVey said that parents should be able to block their children from learning about same-sex relationships in school until age 16.

The former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, was challenged by LBC‘s Nick Ferrari last Wednesday after she waded into a row over LGBT-inclusive education to claim parents should have the right to block lessons in primary school.

Asked what age relationships education should become mandatory, Ms McVey replied: “I think, once the person is coming to an adult age, then that is where the state can come in. That would be later, it would be 16."

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Ms McVey who has also voted against same-sex marriage, denied pandering to homophobic views.

Ms Kelly spoke out after Ms McVey, who is vying with nine others for the leadership of the Conservative Party indicated that the Ms Kelly was left unhappy when she was promoted above her on GMTV.


She shook her head and said "nuts" as she watched Ms McVey say: "Well 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."

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she joked: "Well who wouldn't want to fight over Eamonn?"

She insisted there was no "battle" and continued: "To be honest I am baffled by that, I have had my own show since 1992 and I don't think she joined until five years later.

"I'll be genuinely honest, I don't remember much - it was such a long time ago, my show was totally separate so there was no interaction."

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She added: "I am sick to the back teeth with the whole toxic political atmosphere, and I strongly disagree with her on LGBT rights, and I just thought to myself, I have had enough of this.

"We have had two-and-a-half years of going round in circles and not sorting Brexit out, and now we have a state in Britain when we are at each other's throats and it has got to stop.

"And I am really, really disappointed.. that Ruth Davidson is not standing, because she is one of the few human being that is in politics right now."

Ms Kelly spoke out after she appeared to awkwardly snub Ms McVey in a chat on Good Morning Britain on Monday morning - causing many to believe there was some "beef" between the two.


Ms Kelly had been asked by Susanna Reid: "Do you remember Esther McVey from her GMTV days?"

Ms Kelly, who orginally hails from East Kilbride replied with pursed lips: "Yup, yes I do."

She then swiftly moved on to tell viewers what was coming up on her show.

Ms McVey was criticised last year for describing the so-called "rape clause" as an opportunity for victims to get help.

The minister in giving evidence to the social security committee at Holyrood said that sexual assault victims having to give Department for Work and Pensions staff details of their ordeal was offering "potentially double support".

A clause in the a child credit cap rules, which meant they were only available for up to two children, meant mothers who have a third child as a result of rape can be exempted - but would have to provide evidence to do so.

She was also unpopular amongst some as a hardline supporter of the hated bedroom tax and the imposition of the universal credit system.

Last April McVey also sparked a row at Holyrood when she headed north and defended the child tax credit cap in front of MSPs and welfare campaigners.

She also told MSPs that the “rape clause” could actually help victims.