ITV GMB's Susanna Reid forced to apologise after Labour MP swears live on air

Susanna Reid
Susanna Reid was forced to apologise on behalf of Labour MP Yvette Cooper -Credit:ITV

Susanna Reid was left red-faced and swiftly apologised after Labour MP Yvette Cooper let slip a swear word on Tuesday morning's ITV's Good Morning Britain.

During a discussion about Rishi Sunak's controversial Rwanda plan, the Shadow Home Secretary referred to the policy with a term that raised eyebrows from the hosts, saying the Home Secretary himself had called it "bats**t".

Quick off the mark to rectify the issue, Susanna interjected, reminding Ms Cooper: "Sorry we can't use that word on breakfast television," prompting an immediate apology from the MP as she covered her mouth and carried on criticising the new policy.

Cooper took to Twitter previously to slam Sunak's scheme, which she claims will cost over £500m to deport merely 300 people, labelling it an ineffective and costly election stunt.

She tweeted, reports the Mirror: "Rishi Sunak 's Rwanda scheme is costing over £500m to send just 300 people - less than 1% of asylum seekers, with no plan for the 99%. Tory policy is just an extortionate election gimmick instead of a serious plan. Labour's plan will boost our border security instead. Neither the Home Secretary nor the former Home Secretary think Rwanda scheme will work. The former Immigration Minister says this is just about 'symbolic flights before an election.' Even the PM tried to cancel it when he was Chancellor."

Ms Cooper apologised for her blunder
Ms Cooper apologised for her blunder -Credit:ITV

The PM faces a major Commons battle today over his Rwanda migrant flight plan, as it emerged that the Home Secretary has already held crisis talks with refugee charities on preparing for the legal challenge from aid groups.

Labour's shadow home secretary Cooper accused the Government of "delay and delay and delay" as she set out her party's alternative plan to fix the asylum backlog.

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She said: "This is the 3rd Tory law on Channel crossings in 2 yrs. 1st partially repealed, 2nd never fully implemented. Both laws made chaos worse. Ministers chose to delay this bill as they want someone else to blame Tory MPs still voting to include Afghan interpreters in scheme."

She then set out Labour's plan for the country, stating: "Labour's plan will boost our border security and fix the Tory asylum chaos; new cross border police with new powers to crack down on criminal gangs; new fast track system to clear backlog, end asylum hotels and new Returns and Enforcement Unit to reverse the near 50% drop in returns."

On Monday, Sunak admitted he wouldn't meet his Spring deadline for flights to Rwanda. Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Sunak said the first Rwanda flights will take off in 10 to 12 weeks, meaning he has missed his own deadline.

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