In a heated universal credit debate, Widdecombe yells at Jeremy Vine panelist, “Just shush!”

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In a heated universal credit debate, Widdecombe yells at Jeremy Vine panelist, “Just shush!”

FORMER Jeremy Vine panelist Kate Smurthwaite was repeatedly interrupted as Ann Widdecombe, a member of the European Parliament, exclaimed, “I let you talk!”

Ms Widdecombe said of the proposed cut, “My point is that this is a temporary increase…”

Kate Smurthwaite then attempted to speak, but Ms Widdecombe said, “Oh no, just silence…

“Kate, I didn’t say anything during what you just stated.

“Not even once!”

Ms Smurthwaite laughed at this moment, as Ms Widdecombe asked her to finish her point despite the interruptions throughout the show.

“But she just chipped in, that’s it,” remarked host Jeremy Vine.

“I’m simply suggesting there would still be a pandemic in October,” Ms Smurthwaite concluded.

Ms Widdecombe threw her hands up in defeat at this moment.

“No no-don’t go,” Mr Vine replied, fearing Ms Widdecombe might try to escape the studio.

“It is not an issue of going,” the former British MEP added. It’s a question to which I’ve sat and listened.

“And there is an interruption as soon as I begin to speak.”

“But that’s how discussion works here,” Mr Vine explained. Sometimes.”

“Sometimes,” Ms Widdecombe said again.

The COVID-19 situation has resulted in a huge increase in the number of Britons claiming benefits, according to The Resolution Foundation.

Since February, almost 34,000 more people over the age of 50 have joined the benefit scheme.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated the £20 increase in Universal Credit payments would expire in October during the announcement of the 2021 budget earlier this year.

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