ANDREW NEIL brutally cut off Labour MP Andy McDonald in a BBC interview as the two clashed in a heated exchange over the possible involvement of the US in the NHS.
Labour Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald joined Andrew Neil on his BBC show to discuss issues pertaining to the upcoming general election. The MP tried to defend his party leader after Jeremy Corbyn claimed that “£500 million a week could be taken out of the NHS and handed to big drugs companies under Boris Johnson’s plans for a sell-out trade deal with Donald Trump”. The interview culminated in a row with Mr McDonald accusing the presenter of “jumping down his throat” before being abruptly cut off at the end of the programme.
Nearing the end of the exchange, the Labour MP told Mr Neil: “There’s an insatiable desire to cut our links with the European Union and to put all our eggs in the basket of the United States.
“And that means that deal will be to the advantage of the United States.”
After the BBC journalist pointed out that we do not only import drugs from America, Mr McDonald snapped back: “No, I’m not saying that.
“Listen to what I say, Andrew, instead of jumping down my throat.”
He added: “I’m saying to you that this Prime Minister is absolutely determined to look to the Atlantic and develop trade with the United States.
“That will be his principle concern and it will be to our detriment.”
With time running out, the BBC presenter wraps up the interview: “Alright, Andy McDonald, I’m going to have to stop you there.
“We’ve run out of time and I hope we’ll return to this as the campaign progresses.”
As Mr Neil signs off the show, the camera remains on a split screen.
Mr McDonald can be seen still talking, although his mic is cut off.
He is pointing to his earpiece as if to indicate he can’t hear anything anymore.
Taking aim at the Prime Minister, Mr Corbyn spoke in the swing Essex seat of Harlow: “Three years on and Johnson is trying to hijack that hope for change and use it for his own very different ends.
“He stood in front of a bus in 2016 and promised £350 million a week for the NHS.”
Conservative MP Michael Gove tore into the claim: “It is the most ridiculous nonsense I have ever heard in my 52 years on this earth.
“It is a fantasy. It is a figure plucked from thin air in order to try to distract attention from the weakness of Jeremy Corbyn’s position on Brexit.
“We have made it perfectly clear drug prices won’t be going up. Jeremy Corbyn is attempting to perpetuate Halloween into November by telling ghost stories that frankly no one believes.”