Dan Wootton erupts at guest who called for hard lockdown: 'You wanted the unvaccinated locked up'

GB News host Dan Wootton slammed Benjamin Butterworth for his view on Covid restrictions

Published

Dan Wootton and guest Benjamin Butterworth clashed over Keir Starmer's beergate case.

The Labour leader was caught on camera drinking a beer in an MP’s office after a day of campaigning for the local elections in Durham in April 2021.

At the time of the event, Covid rules meant that indoor gatherings were banned except for work purposes.

The event is now subject to an investigation by Durham Police, with Sir Keir announcing he will quit if he is issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Dan Wootton
Dan Wootton

Sir Keir maintained that he did not break the rules in Durham and is “sure” the police will come to the same conclusion.

Senior reporter at the I , Benjamin Butterworth, described Sir Keir as a man of honour for being ready to resign.

But Dan Wootton hit back with: "You wanted the unvaccinated to be locked in their homes.

"You also believed in hard lockdowns, you also believed in tougher lockdowns."

Benjamin Butterworth
Benjamin Butterworth

Sir Keir told said the police probe into beergate is a “completely different situation” to the investigation into parties in Downing Street.

He was asked why he has not resigned already when he had previously called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign for being investigated by the police.

“By then we already knew that there was industrial-scale rule breaking in Downing Street,” he said.

“We had had so many examples, including the example of the wheelbarrow of booze coming in, the suitcases coming in, on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, so it was a completely different situation.”

He said trust is “everything” in politics and that he does not believe that “all politicians are the same”.

“The number of times I hear: ‘You’re all the same, you won’t do the right thing’.

“I think trust is everything in politics. I have put everything on the line for that honour and that integrity because I don’t believe all politicians are the same.

“It is important we don’t sink into this where everybody thinks all politicians are the same, because then people lose trust in democracy and think: ‘Why should I vote if you’re all the same?’”