BBC defends Laura Kuenssberg over coronavirus briefing question

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The BBC has been forced to defend Laura Kuenssberg after viewers complained that she attempted to ask an ‘inappropriate’ question at the coronavirus Downing Street press briefings.

Laura attempted to put a question to Health Secretary Matt Hancock about Boris Johnson, who has insisted he personally paid for the makeover on his Downing Street flat, after it was announced the funding would be investigated.

‘If a serving government minister is found to have broken the rules on party funding, should they resign?’ she asked.

Mr Hancock, however, shot Laura down and replied: ‘Thanks very much. I know the Prime Minister answered lots of questions about this at the House of Commons earlier and given that this is a coronavirus press conference, you won’t be surprised that I’m not going to add to the answers the prime minister has already given.’

Viewers voiced their upset at Laura’s question on social media, with many criticising her for not sticking to the topic of Covid-19 and even threatening to cancel their licence fee.

‘Laura Kuenssberg should resign as BBC political editor after that ridiculous, totally unrelated opening question,’ slammed one.

Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Absolutely idiotic for BBC bosses to support the inappropriate question by mouth almighty @bbclaura to @MattHancock during this evening’s Covid update by repeating the same broadcast on tonights 6 o’clock @BBCNews.

‘I don’t pay my TV licence for this. I won’t if it continues.’

The BBC defended Laura after receiving complaints, insisting that journalists can ask politicians questions on any subject.

‘The line of questioning used by our correspondents at the Downing Street coronavirus briefings does usually focus on the most pertinent aspects of the pandemic,’ a spokesperson said.

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