GMB's Piers Morgan says friend Kay Burley 'should be held to account' after breaking Covid rules

GOOD Morning Britain's Piers Morgan says his friend Kay Burley "should be held to account" after breaking the Covid rules.

The Sky News presenter reportedly celebrated her 60th birthday party with a group of ten colleagues, with four group members allegedly ending up at her London home.

Kay has since apologised for "inadvertently breaking the rules" as she faces an internal inquiry.

On Wednesday morning's show, Piers said: "I want to start with this – these are people we know, friends of ours, they're caught up in a story.

"And I think it's only reasonable that we should at least mention this, that over at Sky News Kay Burley, the morning show anchor, and Beth Rigby, the political editor, and various other members of the Sky News team, they have all been accused – it has been reported and hasn't been denied – that they broke the lockdown rules to celebrate Kay's 60th birthday.

"She's now been taken off air for an indeterminate amount of time.

"We're getting, rightly asked why we're not commenting on this when it's one of our own, one of the media. Or do the rules not apply in reporting these things?"

Susanna added: "We're pretty tough on the politicians!"

Piers continued: "We should talk about this, even if they are friends of ours. My view would be – and I'm sure Kay's view would be if she was talking about this, which she isn't at the moment – is that we should be held to account, in my opinion.

"In exactly the way that we hold politicians to account because if we're going to hold people's feet to the fire, we've got to make sure that we live up to the same standards."

Burley, who now faces an internal inquiry at Sky News, is believed to have spent Saturday evening at swanky private members' club Century Club in Soho.

She was not on air for her usual morning slot on Sky News today after apologising for her "error of judgment".

The host was replaced by Sarah Hewson on the morning slot.

The gathering – said to have included colleagues Beth Rigby, Inzamam Rashid and Sam Washington – split into two smaller groups, spreading across a table of six and a table of four.

They then moved along to a nearby restaurant, Folie, before a smaller group of four are claimed to have broken the rules by going back to Burley's house to continue celebrating.

Burley took to Twitter to apologise to her 517,000 followers, but only addressed her entering another venue to use the toilet.

Allowing people from other households inside your home and socialising in groups of more than six – even outdoors – are not allowed under Tier 2 rules.

On Twitter, Burley wrote: "Evening everyone. I want to apologise to you all for an error of judgement. On Saturday night I was enjoying my 60th birthday at a Covid compliant restaurant.

"I am embarrassed to say that later in the evening I inadvertently broke the rules.

"I had been waiting for a taxi at 11pm to get home. Desperate for the loo I briefly popped into another restaurant to spend a penny."

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