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Lorraine Kelly ‘baffled’ over Esther McVey’s GMTV claims

LORRAINE Kelly said she was ‘baffled’ by Esther McVey’s claim that she was promoted above her at GMTV.

Rumours of a feud swirled after presenter Kelly appeared to snub the Tory leadership hopeful on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday. Later, Ms McVey (pictured below), 51, said: ‘We used to share a dressing room, she used to be on the programme afterwards. She used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes, then I was promoted to be partnering with Eamonn Holmes.’

But Kelly, 59, said yesterday: ‘I’m baffled by that because I had my own show from 1992 and I don’t actually think she joined until five years later.’ She said her dressing room was ‘just a little room that everybody shared’.

Asked about Ms McVey’s politics, Kelly said: ‘I strongly disagree with her on LGBT rights and I just felt like I’ve had enough of this. We’ve got people at each other’s throats. It’s got to stop.’

TV host Fiona Phillips also claimed Ms McVey wasn’t promoted on GMTV. She said: ‘That is an absolute lie. She was only on there because she was covering my maternity leave,’ adding: ‘You don’t embellish your CV.’