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Piers Morgan has quit – how about we celebrate, asked minister while parties were banned

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Piers Morgan’s departure from Good Morning Britain – on a day when parties were illegal. The social care minister, who had already had a notorious run-in with the presenter, sent a message to Matt Hancock on March 9, 2021.

The news had just broken that Morgan was leaving the ITV show following comments he made about the Duchess of Sussex. “How about we celebrate the departure of Piers at/after our team meeting tmr pm?

Just a thought,” she told the then health secretary. Mr Hancock replied: “Perfect. ”Britain was still in its third lockdown at the point the messages were exchanged, and social gatherings were limited to two people meeting outside in public places.

It was illegal for social gatherings to take place indoors, or to involve more than two people. The messages do not indicate whether they made any plans after that, but a government spokesman said on Thursday that there was “no celebration” and that Ms Whately’s comment was intended as “a joke”.

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