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Phillip Schofield Faces Backlash After Asking Matt Hancock ‘Offensive’ Question

Phillip Schofield is facing a backlash on social media after asking Matt Hancock an 'offensive' question on This Morning. 
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Phillip Schofield is facing a backlash on social media after asking Matt Hancock an ‘offensive’ question on This Morning

The former health secretary appeared on the daytime TV show to discuss his plans for a dyslexia screening bill for all primary school children on Tuesday’s episode when the host made the controversial comment.

After the Tory politician opened up about suffering from dyslexia, Schofield asked: “Was it your dyslexia that made you misread the social distancing rules?”

Watch Phillip Schofield ask Matt Hancock the ‘offensive’ question in the clip below…

Appearing uncomfortable, Hancock replied: “No, I can’t blame that on dyslexia or anything else.

“In fact, I’m not asking for any special favours or anything because I’m dyslexic and in politics, I’ve got some things to offer.”

He then added: “In that case, it was a mistake and I’ve apologised for it and it was a failure of leadership because I came on shows like this and asked people to do this and I didn’t follow rules myself.”

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Phillip Schofield has faced a backlash over the question he asked Matt Hancock on This Morning. Credit: ITV

Following the segment, many people took to social media and blasted Schofield for asking the question.

One person tweeted: “Shocked and saddened at @schofe for using dyslexia in such a negative way when interviewing Matt Hanock. Forget the politics.”

Another added: “I have zero sympathy for Matt Hancock but that question was bulls***. Trying to use a condition that impacts so many and is already stigmatised, as it is already used to make a cheap, uninformed point, implying that people are stupid and is totally wrong. @schofe should be ashamed.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.