Esther McVey blames a 'cabal of lefties' at GMTV for her feud with Lorraine Kelly, a friend said
Tory leadership longshot Esther McVey blames a 'cabal of lefties' including current Labour MP Gloiria Del Piero for her TV feud with Lorraine Kelly, it has emerged.
The accusation comes after McVey's stuttering leadership campaign took another blow yesterday, when she was unable to remember the location of an airport she identified as a waste of foreign aid money.
She was only to say it was on 'one of the continents abroad'.
The MP, who served as Work and Pensions Secretary last year, was publicly snubbed by the usually sunny Lorraine Kelly on air this week.
The pair used to work together in the early 2000s when McVey was a GMTV presenter.
McVey was interviewed on Good Morning Britain on Monday, and afterwards GMB cut live to the Lorraine studio.
Piers Morgan asked Lorraine whether she remembered McVey from their ITV days to which Kelly merely replied 'Yep. Yes I do,' before quickly launching into a plug for her show.
Earlier this week the usually sunny Lorraine could barely bring herself to acknowledge having worked with McVey
There was an awkward laugh in both studios before Morgan added: 'Ooh if looks could kill.'
The feud has since snowballed, with some suggesting the Scottish TV presenter disapproves of the Liverpudlian MP's stance on LGBT rights, and Fiona Phillips claiming relations between the two women soured when the MP wrongly claimed she had been promoted to present GMTV permanently.
Now however, according to a friend quoted in the Express, the hundred-to-one outsider for the Tory