Sunday 16 June 2019

Things got awkward when two opposing Tory MPs met on air to discuss Theresa May

‘I gather you two don’t necessarily want to talk to each other,’ Victoria Derbyshire said as Andrew Bridgen and James Cleverly stood side by side.

Andrew Bridgen, left, and James Cleverly, right, clash while speaking to Victoria Derbyshire (BBC News)
Andrew Bridgen, left, and James Cleverly, right, clash while speaking to Victoria Derbyshire (BBC News)

By Stephen Jones, Press Association Social Media Editor

Two Conservative MPs were caught in a painfully awkward exchange on BBC News after being told by presenter Victoria Derbyshire: “I gather you two don’t necessarily want to talk to each other.”

Andrew Bridgen was explaining why he will vote against Theresa May in the no-confidence vote of Tory MPs when James Cleverly, a supporter of the Prime Minister, appeared on screen to speak next.

After Derbyshire addressed the pair’s awkward relationship, a long pause took hold before Mr Bridgen said: “I’ll go, that’s fine. Thank you.”

Mr Cleverly, who defended the Government’s Brexit deal in a Channel 4 debate on Sunday, was then asked what he made of “colleagues like Andrew Bridgen” who opposed it.

“I’ve known Andrew for many years, I like him a lot,” he said.

But he added that Mr Bridgen should not have submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister, saying it was a “big distraction” that he feared “might undermine the Brexit process completely”.

Press Association

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