‘Not a vanity project Kay! Come on!’ Dorries hits back at Burley over £778m criticism

Dorries grilled on ‘vanity project’ by Burley

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Sky News presenter Kay Burley clashed with Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries over investing £778m on Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham this week. Ms Burley questioned whether the Government should have spent “£778m on a vanity project?”. Ms Dorries hit back at Ms Burley, stressing the huge importance of the event bringing together hundreds of athletes from across the Commonwealth.

Ms Burley asked: “Should we be spending £778m on a vanity project?”

Ms Dorries responded: “It’s not a vanity project Kay! Come on!

“This is hugely important.

“You say we shouldn’t have the Commonwealth Games.

“I think we are proud and honoured to have picked up the baton when it was dropped elsewhere in the world and to continue to run these Commonwealth Games in the amazing way that we have.

“Everybody here, thousands of people, are extremely proud, including volunteers behind me right now.

“The Commonwealth is an important organisation, particularly in light of what’s happening globally on the geopolitical front.

“And particularly with Russia and China and the war in Ukraine.

“It’s more important than ever.

“These games symbolise the coming together of those nations.

“It’s not vanity project, it’s an important project.”

Ms Burley then pointed out: “£778m when you’re in the middle of a cost of living crisis?

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“I’m asking you to talk to our viewers this morning and tell them why you think it’s worth that sort of money when they can’t feed their kids”.

After the question from Sky News present Kay Burley, the communication got interrupted by a man in the background who started screaming and arguing that someone was touching him.

The man in the background said: “Touch me then, you can’t touch me”.

Ms Dorries told Ms Burley in the studio: “Sorry Kay, we’re gonna have to go”.

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