Question Time guest hits out at government’s ‘insult’ to NHS
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A Question Time audience questioned the Government’s decision to spend millions on creating a new briefing room during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new White House-style briefing room at No.9 Downing Street has cost the British taxpayer around £2.6 million. Daily briefings in the room will be headed by the new Downing Street press secretary and former BBC Newsnight political editor Allegra Stratton, who will be paid £100,000 of taxpayers money for the role.
Expressing her anger at the new multi-million-pound room, the audience member said how there was “absolutely no excuse” for it.
She added: “£2.6 million for a what is a television studio.
“Its an absolute and utter insult to the NHS.
“It’s an insult to every single person in this country that uses a TV or os using zoom.”
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The audience member also questioned why the government has decided to spend so much money on a new room despite the current press briefing room which the Government has delivered daily Covid briefings works perfectly fine.
She said: “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it.”
She went on to attack the governments recent spending behaviour which includes money being allocated for nuclear warheads.
She added: “What planet is this Government on?”
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While some Conservative politicians welcomed the new briefing room as “slick” and “pretty cool”, others also questioned the huge cost.
A Tory MP told The Guardian the project was a “waste of cash” and “far too American” to represent the British Government.
Labour Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said: “Given how much money Boris Johnson has thrown at his latest vanity project, we were expecting something a bit more impressive.”
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No.10 plans to start televised daily press conferences similar to the ones held at the White House in Washington.
Ms Stratton the former Newsnight political editor and ITV journalist is to be paid £100,000 for the new Downing Street press secretary role.
Recently HuffPost reported that the renovations for the room were carried out by Megahertz, a Moscow-based firm that has carried out work for Russia Today.
There is no suggestion that the company have links to the Kremlin.
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