Priti Patel flounders on missing crime stats and Covid deaths in car-crash GMB interview

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Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid went in on Home Secretary Priti Patel on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, as she failed to answer some of their big concerns in a heated interview.

She was challenged over the worrying coronavirus vaccine news and increasing death toll – as well as the missing 400,000 criminal records that have been wiped from police databases.

Piers and Susanna quickly laid into the MP as they disagreed on what the data showed, and the hosts were not impressed with what she had to say.

According to reports, figures have shown the number of vaccines given in the UK have dropped for three days running. It's thought upgrade works at a site where the Pfizer vaccine is being produced may have impacted production, making it slower than before.

Numbers have dropped this week, amid record high daily death numbers across the UK – with scientists warning this week could see the highest weekly toll since the pandemic began in 2020.

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid challenged Home Secretary Priti Patel on Good Morning Britain
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On Tuesday it was confirmed that in just 24 hours, 1,610 more Covid-related deaths had occurred with this being the highest daily total so far.

Another issue the government are facing is the 400,000 pieces of data accidentally wiped from the Police National Computer.

Piers and co-host Susanna Reid questioned the Home Secretary about these alarming issues and figures, wanting some answers from the government.

But Priti was unable to give firm answers about concerns over the vaccine goal, for all those being prioritised planned to be vaccinated by mid-February, and whether it would be impacted by the ongoing reconfiguration.

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She was then asked by both hosts to admit allowing household mixing at Christmas was a "mistake" and that they should have disallowed it – especially now that households can't do so.

Susanna ended up laying into the GMB guest, as she repeatedly claimed there was no way of knowing if Christmas gatherings are behind the record increase in cases and deaths.

The host pointed out that scientists warned it would happen, but Priti claimed they were following the advice of their scientists and medical advisors.

As she repeatedly said the government did encourage people to limit the mixing, Susanna slammed: "But you weren’t telling people they couldn’t.

Home Secretary Priti Patel couldn't give firm answers on the data
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"You allowed them to do it under the rules. You can't say on one hand we allowed people to do it and on the other hand we told people not to. It's exactly what we knew you were going to do.

"You were going to allow people to do it and mix and in January you were gonna blame the people who did for what happened.

"It was the government who had the control to change that!"

Priti continued to hit back at the comments, as the hosts challenged her before moving on to the nearly half a million police records that were lost in a computer-wiping error.

Hundreds of thousands of fingerprint, DNA and arrest history records were accidentally wiped from police databases because of "human error" and "defective code", according to the policing minister recently.

Piers asked her if the government knew where the "lost" data was but she could not seem to answer.

She repeatedly denied they were lost, or at least said it wasn't known and they could be elsewhere, but Piers shouted at her as she couldn't tell him where they were.

She said: "First of all let me explain the context in which this has happened… this is a coding error that has led to a number of records… that have potentially been lost, we don’t know primarily because there are multiple across multiple systems… currently we are pushing through new data code to wash through that… we are working night and day with technicians."

Priti continued to hit back at the comments
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She added it was "not about serious criminals getting away with anything" and she explained different systems held records and they were looking at uploading data from different systems. She added that they did not know yet how many were lost.

As Piers continued to demand a whereabouts, she said: "They could still be in the police national computer, we don’t know for sure… there are other systems… there are multiple records."

She continued: "We can find that data, they are on other law enforcement systems.” Asked if she had made that up, she added: “I have not made that up."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.