Good Morning Britain suffered major technical problems at a very awkward moment during its broadcast, with Sir Keir Starmer’s live interview being cut off amid the local election coverage.
The Labour leader was interviewed by Richard Gaisford after he spoke to supporters in Barnet, which had been won from the Conservatives in the local elections.
‘Sir Keir, you’re live on Good Morning Britain, have you benefited from Boris Johnson’s problems here?’ Richard asked.
‘We’re winning in North and South,’ Mr Starmer began, before the connection cut out.
The connection was restored after Mr Starmer finished his answer, as he spoke directly to the people of Barnet.
‘Thank you to all of your for all that you have done, it was absolutely amazing,’ he said, before a reporter from BBC Breakfast interjected, and GMB’s broadcast cut back to the studio.
A sigh from the studio could then be heard, with Ben Shephard saying: ‘The perils of live television – just as Richard got in there, we unfortunately lost the connection but fascinating to hear.’
‘We did hear a lot from Sir Keir didn’t we, there,’ Kate Garraway added.
‘Sir Keir Starmer saying we were going to root out antisemitism and that was a key part of his challenge when he became the leader and he believes the trust that the people in Barnet have shown him – as we’ve been saying, a big Jewish community in Barnet – going over to Labour is testament to the fact that he feels they have made huge strides,’ Ben summed up.
‘In rooting out that antisemitism, yes,’ Kate went on. ‘He did go on to say we’ve seen winds all across the country. I suspect Richard was going to try and ask him about some of those areas where the Conservatives say they haven’t won.’
‘Do you think somebody pulled the plug?’ Kate joked.
Mr Starmer’s answer was then played back. He said that he had seen ‘progress for [Labour] across the whole of the country.’
‘Here at Barnet it’s very special because I said I would root out antisemitism, I would change our party, the voters here have now vindicated the work that we’ve been doing, the hard work that we’ve put in,’ he added.
‘I’m absolutely delighted. I’m particularly thankful to these brilliant candidates, the brilliant teams that have been out, putting our message across, that Britain deserves better than this Prime Minister.’
Asked about the North of England, Mr Starmer responded: ‘Well Cumberland, I’m about to go…Cumberland is three key constituencies for the next general election. That’s a fantastic result in Cumberland.’
Dodging Richard’s question about Hull, where the Liberal Democrats ended Labour’s 10-year rule, he went on: ‘In Southampton as well, we’ve just won.’
Thursday (May 5) saw millions of Britons descend on polling stations to cast their votes in this year’s crucial local poll.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens have all made gains at the expense of the Conservatives.
There are thousands of council seats up for grabs, with the results painting a picture of the national mood after partygate and in the middle of the cost of the living crisis.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.