Sophy Ridge skewers Hancock over his ‘bromance’ with Tony Blair after secretive meetings

Sophy Ridge grills Hancock over ‘meetings’ with Blair

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Sky News host Sophy Ridge has ridiculed the Health Secretary Matt Hancock for “neatly sidestepping” her questions about meeting Tony Blair. During an interview this morning, Ms Ridge noted that Mr Hancock had been secretly meeting the former Prime Minister. She questioned the senior cabinet minister about the “bromance” that he has with Mr Blair.

She said: “Last time you were on the show, I asked if you had been talking to Tony Blair and you neatly sidestepped the question.

“A week later, Tony Blair told me you have been talking.

“And now I read in the papers that you stopped meeting Tony Blair because he was pinching your ideas and passing them off as his own.

“Is the bromance over?”

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Mr Hancock responded: “I talk to all the former PMs, because this is a very difficult circumstance to be in.

“I try to get advice from where I can.”

Ms Ridge simply responded: “Very neatly sidestepped again.”

During his interview with Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Hancock said that the UK has “enough supplies” to offer all adults a vaccine by the end of July.

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He said: “We now think that we have the supplies to be able to do that.

“We can see the NHS and all of those partners and all of those working on this have been able to deliver jabs at about half-a-million a day, which is an incredible effort.

“So, collectively, the whole team now needs to focus on this renewed target of all vulnerable groups, all those over 50 by 15 April and then we will keep rolling out and make sure that all adults get access to the jab.”

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He also said that the roadmap out of lockdown hasn’t yet been signed off and warned that the country needs to proceed with caution.

The cabinet minister added that cases of new variants are coming down due to the border policy.

Mr Hancock also told Sky News that the dates the Prime Minister will set out tomorrow will have a degree of flexibility.

He said the Government needs to be “vigilant to the data on the way”, pointing to what happened with the Kent variant.

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