“Has anyone ever said you’ve done a bloody good job?” Education Secretary Gillian Keegan is caught in a hot mic moment attacking the ITV team, who have been harassing them over the concrete chaos at schools and insisting that the government had “gone beyond measure”.
Gillian Keegan delivered an extraordinary tirade today when she was harassed by a TV crew about the concrete crisis in the schools.
The education secretary was caught on camera venting her frustration while giving an interview with ITV News.
In a clip posted to social media site X, Ms Keegan appears calm and thanks the journalist as he wraps up the questioning.
But the footage continues as the obviously disgruntled minister remarks, ‘Did anyone ever say, ‘You know what you did a bloody good job because everyone else sat on their ass and didn’t do anything?’ No sign of it, right?’
Gillian Keegan was caught on camera venting her frustration while giving an interview to ITV News
A taped off area at Parks Primary School in Leicester affected by the Raac crisis
The TV crew seemed a little surprised by her outburst as she glared at the reporter.
Ms Keegan has had a painful day as she walked around the studios trying to explain the government’s position on the developing debris.
How and when did evidence of the specific scandal come to light?
• 1950s to mid 1990s – RAAC, a lightweight material, is used
• 1995 – The Times newspaper reports that the first warnings of RAAC cracking in roofs were received
• 2018 – The Department of Education (DfE) considers RAAC a potential problem
• June 2023 – Issues highlighted in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).
• Summer 2023 – Schools Secretary Nick Gibb says new evidence has come to light
• August 31, 2023 – Parents are informed that some schools will have to close
More than 100 schools have been forced to close, in whole or in part, after alarms went off in buildings over RAAC – a lightweight type of concrete used in the 1950s-1990s but now believed to collapse without warning.
Thousands of children across England are facing the prospect of online lessons as they return for the start of the new school year today.
Ms Keegan appeared visibly uncomfortable when she was molested by Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid in another interview.
Sitting next to fellow presenter Ed Balls – a former Secretary of State for Education – Ms Reid said: “It’s a mess, isn’t it?”
Ms Keegan tried to explain that there had been three “incidents” – some of them not in schools – in which a roof panel had fallen in a “non-critical” spot towards the end of August.
“I didn’t want to risk that happening anywhere,” she said. “So I’m changing the guidance for non-critical roofs to say that we need to do the same with critical roofs, ie support them or create temporary housing.”
“While I understand that this was last minute for the parents and school leaders concerned, one cannot act on the evidence until it comes to light.”
Ms Reid interrupted, referring to an ITV inquiry in March that found 68 schools knew RAAC – a lightweight form of concrete used between the 1950s and 1990s – existed – and that more than 1,500 did Schools in the dark could be at risk 2,000 are yet to be inspected.
Ms Reid said: “That was in March, we are now in September and you will not know the full extent until the end of the year.” Daniel [Hewitt, ITV reporter] said back in March that he had not conducted an interview with the Ministry of Education.
“We applied for an interview with you or one of your ministers in March and were unable to achieve anything. “It seems remarkable that now, on the first day of the semester, we are in the position we are in when you knew the full extent of the matter in March.”
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan has been slammed by Good Morning Britain’s Susan Reid over the crumbling concrete crisis that has impacted schools