Jeremy Hunt flees on bike when asked by GB News about his Covid record

It comes just days after Nadine Dorries made claims about how Mr Hunt wanted to deal with the pandemic

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Jeremy Hunt has fled a GB News reporter on a bike after being questioned about Covid-19 lockdown comments.

The Dan Wootton Tonight reporter attempted to get clarification on allegations about his proposed response to the pandemic made by cabinet minister Nadine Dorries, but Mr Hunt opted to remain silent.

As the questions continued, Mr Hunt rode off down the road without responding.

Jeremy Hunt came face-to-face with a GB News presenter
Jeremy Hunt came face-to-face with a GB News presenter

Mr Hunt is currently favourite to become Prime Minister should Boris Johnson step down as pressure continues to grow following the release of the Sue Gray report.

While Mr Johnson won a confidence vote by 211 ballots to 148 earlier this week, pressure on him remains.

Shortly after it was confirmed that the PM would face the vote, Mr Hunt took to Twitter to say that Mr Johnson was not offering “integrity, competence and vision” necessary to govern the country.

He said: “The Conservative Party must now decide if it wishes to change its leader. Because of the situation in Ukraine this was not a debate I wanted to have now but under our rules we must do that.

"Having been trusted with power, Conservative MPs know in our hearts we are not giving the British people the leadership they deserve. We are not offering the integrity, competence and vision necessary to unleash the enormous potential of our country.

"And because we are no longer trusted by the electorate, who know this too, we are set to lose the next general election.

But Mr Hunt was quick to ride off as the probing began
But Mr Hunt was quick to ride off as the probing began

"Anyone who believes our country is stronger, fairer & more prosperous when led by Conservatives should reflect that the consequence of not changing will be to hand the country to others who do not share those values. Today’s decision is change or lose. I will be voting for change."

Responding to those comments, cabinet minister Nadine Dorries made some alarming claims about Mr Hunt and his ideas about how to handle the pandemic.

She said: “On afternoon of 23rd July 2020 when I was health minister you telephoned me to tell me that we had to handle the pandemic following the example set by the East/China. That people testing + should be removed from their homes and placed into isolation hotels for two weeks.

"You said your wife’s family had experience of this during SARS. I said that British people would never tolerate being removed from their homes and loved ones at which point you demanded I show you the evidence for that. Your handling of the pandemic would have been a disaster.

"Your pandemic preparation during six years as health secretary was found wanting and inadequate. Your duplicity right now in destabilising the party and country to serve your own personal ambition, more so.

"You told others that PM and Gov would swiftly collapse on back of Brexit and you would swoop in. You told me as much in Victoria St after GE. If you had been leader you’d have handed the keys of No10 to Corbyn. You’ve been wrong about almost everything, you are wrong again now."