BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt shuts down MP with brutal dig during heated debate

BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt fiercely shut down levelling-up Secretary Simon Clarke during a heated debate over the upcoming tax cuts that are about to be set in place.

On Friday’s visit to the BBC studio, the 60-year-old broadcaster welcomed viewers back to the red sofa with his co-host Naga Munchetty to talk about the latest headlines in the news.

One of the biggest stories this week is the upcoming cuts to help tackle the ongoing energy crisis ahead of the winter months.

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Yesterday saw the Bank of England raise their interest rates to counter the cost-of-living crisis which some have said are the first signs that the UK could be going into recession.

While viewers continue to wait for the chancellor to announce a mini budget later this morning, the morning news programme welcomed the politician onto the show to understand the scale of the tax cuts yet to happen.

One of the first questions Charlie asked the MP who will benefit the most from the economic changes in our society set to be announced later today.

He asked: “Looking at income scale from those who earn the least to those who earn the most, who will gain most from the announcements today?”

At first, Simon explained that everybody across the country would benefit from the economic changes.

He explained: “Everybody will gain because stronger underlying growth benefits the whole of the economy.

“If the economy grown, tax receipts go up. Those tax receipts fund out vital services on which the poorest and most vulnerable in our society most rely.”

Disappointed with his answer, the host asked him again to which he insisted everybody would gain financially from the changes.

It was at this point that Charlie took a brutal swipe at the politician on air as he demanded answers from the MP.

He urged: “My question was asked very precisely, and you’ll have heard me. Who will gain most. No? Okay so I've tried twice now.

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“If we look at the figures and these are your own government figures, which I hoped you might allude to, which say that someone earning £20,000 will be £93 better off as a result of the national insurance change.

“Someone earning £100,000 will be £1,093 better off. Those are your own figures which seem to suggest to me unless you have some counter narrative that it’s those who are earning the most who will gain the most.”

Fans of the BBC show soon praised the host for his demand for answers as they showered him with compliments on social media.


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