Boris ‘got food poisoning’ ahead of GMB interview with Susanna Reid
Boris got food poisoning and was sick in his suit before the brutal GMB interview where Susanna Reid ‘slammed’ him over the cost of living crisis.
- Boris Johnson gave an interview about a car crash on ITV’s Good Morning Britain last week
- The PM asked for free bus passes when he was told the pensioner was using them to keep warm
- Attendees attributed the botched performance to Johnson having food poisoning.
Boris Johnson had food poisoning before a brutal interview in which he admitted that presenter Susanna Reid “hit” him.
The prime minister had a fiery moment when he was questioned on ITV’s Good Morning Britain last week for the first time in five years, struggling to justify the government’s response on the cost of living.
But attendees revealed that Mr. Johnson had just finished throwing up before appearing on screen, and a ‘distress signal’ had been arranged with Susanna in case he had to make a hasty exit.
“He had food poisoning,” an aide told the Sunday Times. “She was throwing up and had to change her suit because she threw up on her lapel.”
Afterwards, the prime minister is understood to have gone straight to his morning meeting with senior advisers and announced: ‘Susanna Reid has just hit me.’
Aides say Boris Johnson had food poisoning before a brutal interview in which he admitted he was “beaten up” by presenter Susanna Reid (pictured)
Susanna Reid challenged him with the example of Elsie (pictured) and her cost-of-living plight during the car accident interview.
Johnson had refused to go to GMB while Piers Morgan was presenting, even notoriously hiding in a refrigerator when a reporter for the show tried to confront him during the 2019 general election campaign.
But he didn’t fare any better with Susanna, who challenged him with Elsie’s example during the car accident interview.
The 77-year-old’s energy costs in her council flat have risen from £17 to £85 a month, with Reid telling the prime minister that she now “uses her Freedom bus pass to stay on buses all day to avoid use energy at home. .
Remarkably, Mr Johnson responded by saying that he had brought the free bus pass that Elsie was using, even though the benefit was in fact introduced years before he was Mayor of London.
Mr. Johnson was asked what Elsie should reduce.
“I don’t want Elsie to cut anything down, let’s talk about Elsie and what we’re doing and just to remind you guys that the 24 hour freedom bus pass was something I actually put out.”
“So Elsie should be thanking you for her bus pass?” What else should she reduce her? Mrs. Reid answered.
The interview was Johnson’s first in five years at GMB, and came before local elections in which the Conservatives lost hundreds of councilors and were outvoted by Labour.
Johnson continued: ‘There’s a lot more stuff we’re doing. What we want to do is make sure that your councils cater to people who are in particularly difficult situations, we are putting a lot more money into the councils. We have private payments to help older people in particular with the cost of heating.’
However, the prime minister’s claim to have introduced the freedom pass was immediately challenged. It was introduced in 1973, although as mayor Johnson extended the benefit to 24 hours a day.
Since the pandemic, he hasn’t been available before 9.30am as TfL struggled to cope with a financial collapse.
At the end of the interview, Johnson stunned viewers after admitting he didn’t know who Lorraine Kelly was.
When Susanna tried to get through to the next show, a confused Prime Minister said, “Who’s Lorraine?”