The Catch-up: What's the beef between Lorraine Kelly and Esther McVey?

What happened?

The war of words between TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and her former colleague and Tory leadership hopeful Esther McVey intensified today. Rumours of a feud between the two women have swirled after Kelly appeared to “snub” McVey live on air on Monday, when the politician was a guest on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Who is saying what?

After the awkward on-air moment, McVey today claimed Kelly was angry that she had been promoted above her when the two worked at GMTV. McVey said: “Well, we used to share a dressing room and she used to be the programme afterwards and obviously she used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes and then I was promoted to be partnering with Eamonn Holmes.”

Kelly said she was 'baffled' by the claim, adding she disagrees with McVey's position on LGBTQ+ rights. Asked if she was 'best friends' with McVey, Kelly said: “I will be genuinely honest with you, I don’t remember.” Regarding the would-be prime minister's policies, Kelly said: “I strongly disagree with her on LGBT rights and I just felt like I’ve had enough of this, we’ve had two-and-a-half years of going round in circles over Brexit and now we’ve got people at each other’s throats and its got to stop.” McVey has been criticised for saying parents should be able to withdraw their children from lessons where they are taught about LGBT relationships.

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