Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard has revealed he was finally able to see his mum after months apart due to the coronavirus pandemic, but lockdown rules meant they had to keep within the two-metre distance.
The presenter disclosed to co-host Charlotte Hawkins on today’s show that he managed to meet up with one of his parents for a socially distanced game of golf, but was unable to give her a hug.
‘I was able to see my mum socially distanced, we had a nice game of golf and it was lovely to see her,’ Ben admitted.
‘It was awful not being able to give her a hug though.’
Ben casually made the heartbreaking admission as he spoke to Dr Hilary Jones’ temporary replacement Dr Mark Porter with viewers’ Covid-19 related questions.
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Earlier this week, Ben and Charlotte fumed at senior aide Dominic Cummings’ controversial trip to Durham and aired viewers’ frustrations at the minister breaking coronavirus quarantine rules.
Mr Cummings sparked fierce criticism after it was revealed had driven 250 miles to his parents’ house with his wife and children to stay with his parents while self-isolating at the start of April after strict lockdown rules had been imposed on the UK.
During Sunday’s press briefing, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had acted ‘responsibly, legally and with integrity’ by making the journey.
Despite restrictions in place, he said Mr Cummings had ‘followed the instincts of every parent’ and would not be ‘marked down’ as a result.
Addressing the news on the show, Ben read a letter from Melissa.
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‘I think this sums it up brilliantly, Charlotte,’ he began. ‘Dominic Cummings’ actions and Boris Johnson’s absolute backing of them have really upset me.
‘His excuse that he was just being a good, noble, understanding father is a slap in the face to all those that missed their parents’ funerals, to those who couldn’t see their child in hospital, to anyone frightened and alone that did obey the law.
‘It implies that you could have done all these things, but that you just didn’t care as much as Dominic Cummings did, and this has made me really angry.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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