Election: BBC’s Jo Coburn quizzes Whately on Tory spending
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BBC host Jo Coburn grilled Conservative MP Helen Whately on Politics Live over her claim that the Labour Party is on a "reckless spendathon". However, accusations of bias arose against the BBC once more when Ms Coburn failed to attack Momentum's national coordinator Laura Parker in a similar way. Ms Coburn accused the Conservative campaign of spreading "fake news" for claiming that Labour will cost every taxpayer £2,400.
She told Ms Whately: "You have literally taken every single press release or policy proposal that was ever written by anybody, either commissioned by Labour or looked at as part of a discussion plan.
"You've tripled it and you've said that that is a legitimate cost."
Ms Whately denied this: "That's not actually the case. What we've done is we've taken what was in their 2017 manifesto as a basis.
"Policy announcements they made at their party conference adopted by the membership, and their party rules say that becomes Labour Party policy."
BBC Jo Coburn attacks Tory MP 6 times (Image: BBC)
BBC Coburn: ‘You’re spreading fake news!’ (Image: BBC)
She added: "That's what it's based on.
"The fact is, we know Labour is going to go on a reckless spendathon."
Momentum's Ms Parker also attacked the Tory MP, claiming that she was doing a "disservice to the British electorate with this performance".
She told Ms Whately to "wait" for the Labour manifesto and its costings to be released.
Ms Whatley attacked from all sides (Image: BBC)
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Ms Whately attempted to reply, but was brutally cut off by the BBC host who demanded to know what the Conservative's "big number" was.
Ms Coburn said: "It's easy for you as the Conservative party representative here to talk about the Opposition.
"If you're talking about their big number, what is your big number then?"
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The Tory MP shot back: "Can I just respond to that attack on Tory economic policy?
"Our policy has actually got us in a position where we've got the lowest unemployment since the 1970s.
"We've had wages rising faster than prices for the last 20 months. So wages are going in the right direction.
"We've got a strong economy, which is giving us the headroom to invest responsibly in public services.
"Giving the NHS record spending rises, more police officers and much more."
Commenting on the interview Twitter users took to the social media platform to complain of “BBC bias”.
One person wrote: “How is Jo Coburn allowed by the BBC to promote her Pro Labour bias on Politics Live?”
Someone else penned: “Politics Live is now blatantly acting for the Marxist Labour Party. Today Coburn has just jumped right in & you would have thought she was a Labour MP. The BBC can not justify continued taxing of the public to finance their biased news.”
Another angry viewer wrote: ” Jo Coburn is so biased it’s embarrassing.”
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