Richard Madeley addresses claims Dr Hilary Jones and Susanna Reid gang up on him on GMB

Richard Madeley and Dr Hilary clash over Covid statistics

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Richard Madeley, 65, didn’t hold back on his opinion following Boris Johnson’s confirmation of Freedom Day on July 19 last night. The trio debated the end of coronavirus restrictions and whether the vaccine was enough on the show this week. Following this, the ex This Morning presenter addressed claims from viewers, who accused Susanna and Dr Hilary of ganging up on him on Good Morning Britain.

He said aloud: “Apparently, according to Twitter, you two are ganging up on me.”

Confused, Dr Hilary queried: “We’re ganging up on you?” while Susanna also didn’t approve.

The stand-in host went on to say: “But you’re not, this is a debate. We need to have a healthy debate.”

Susanna added: “Yeah, except you have got the Prime Minister and the government on your side Richard! We’re just from the sidelines.”

He joked: “I cannot lose if I have got Boris on my side!”

Richard disagreed with co-stars about the scrapping of lockdown measures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the last step of his roadmap will go ahead, despite cases of coronavirus increasing daily.

The announcement means people will no longer be required to wear a mask or social distance.

Boris urged people to “exercise their personal responsibility but to remember the value of face coverings both in protecting themselves and others”.

Richard said he approved of the announcement, while Susanna was apprehensive as she feared for her parents.

The ex This Morning host has also queried Hilary about statistics and the success of the vaccine.

“What people forget is vaccination doesn’t give you 100 per cent protection,” the doctor said.

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“10 per cent of people who have double jabs are still likely to get the virus.”

He also went on to point out that there were still a large number of people who hadn’t been vaccinated.

Richard said in response: “Don’t you think – you’re using percentages to make the case here – that’s a bit misleading?

“The percentage rise has gone up, it sounds a lot but in real numbers it’s not a lot.”

The ITV doctor replied: “We’ve got a variant that is more transmissible. And as some experts have said, it’s a factory to develop new variants.

“What if we get a new variant that’s resistant to the current vaccines we use? The whole thing is out of the window.”

The doctor said the Government had “too much faith” in the vaccines and that while they had helped lower hospitalisations and deaths, people are still at risk.

He added: “We’d have been in a great position if we’d only been dealing with the Alpha variant and the Kent variant, but actually we’re dealing with the Delta variant, which is much more transmissible.”

He went on to say 50,000 new coronavirus cases are expected in the next couple of days.

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