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11th Sep 2016

Sky News presenter accused of sexism on live TV

Alan Loughnane

“Don’t start pub-quizzing me”.

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has accused a Sky News presenter of sexism after he asked her to name the French foreign minister.

She criticised Dermot Murnaghan for what she called “pub-quizzing” her during the talk about Brexit and called it “patronising”.

The pair were discussing the Brexit talks with the Foreign Secretary’s French and German counterparts when Murnaghan asked her if she knew the name of the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault.

She declined to name the minister and instead said: “Can we talk about some serious stuff?”

She continued to say:

“Do you know what, what really upsets me about your attitude to me is that you do this with me. I don’t remember you doing it with anybody else you know.

“Have you done it to David Davis? Have you asked these questions? Do Sky journalists have a go at Boris Johnson on this basis? How about Liam Fox? Do you do pub quizzes with them?”

Murnaghan went on to ask her about anti-semitism in the Labour Party to which she replied that Labour is committed to tackling the issue of anti-semitism, racism and sexism.

“There is always more to be done, and do you know what, there is certainly a lot more to be done by the Tories and I certainly think sometimes when it comes to sexism, some Sky presenters need to look at themselves too,” Thornberry said.

“I really do. It really upsets me that every time I come on here, you do another pub quiz with me because you do not do it with anybody else and I do think that it’s patronising.”