The business secretary has been widely criticised by journalists for suggesting it is unfair for broadcasters to ask ministers to explain details of coronavirus restrictions. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Alok Sharma said: ‘There is an element of slightly “gotcha” about this in terms of this line of questioning. You are a flagship programme when it comes to serious news and it is not a quiz show.’

Sharma was speaking after the PM’s failure to answer questions on Tuesday over the new lockdown restrictions imposed on north-east England. The Today presenter Martha Kearney asked if he was seriously arguing that asking ministers to explain coronavirus rules was as trivial as a quiz question



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