Government minister, Matthew Hancock, has been accused of dishonestly claiming he was only a minute late when he failed to turn up for a TV breakfast debate.
The skills minister missed a scheduled appearance to take part in a debate on the subject of apprentices on ITV breakfast show
Daybreak on Thursday after claims he “overslept”. The minister later claimed he “was one minute late for my interview at 6.40am
this morning, so they wouldn't let me into the studio to make my case”.
However Daybreak presenter Matt Barbet has now hit out at the Conservative
West Suffolk MP and accused him of being 30 minutes late. In a series of messages on social networking website Twitter, the presenter
said Mr Hancock, 34, should have been preparing for the interview around 30
minutes before it was scheduled to start.
Mr Hancock was promoted in David Cameron's last reshuffle. He was ridiculed after he in an interview likened himself to wartime leader
Sir Winston Churchill and William Pitt, who became the youngest Prime Minister
in the late 18th Century aged 24.