Alex Beresford blasts Gavin Williamson over ‘unforgivable’ Rashford name mix-up

Good Morning Britain star Alex Beresford didn't hold back on Thursday morning as he opened up on Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's awkward name blunder.

Mr Williamson has been slammed by critics after he appeared to get footballer Marcus Rashford mixed up with rugby player Maro Itoje.

Susanna Reid and Martin Lewis discussed the awkward incident with GMB contributors Darren Lewis, Iain Dale and Ayesha Hazakira.

Alex later joined the conversation and had some choice words for the Secretary of State for Education.

Money Saving Expert Martin claimed he was bad with names but noted this mix up was worse as Gavin had been “showing off” that he had spoken with Marcus.

Susanna then turned to Alex to ask him about his experience with mix-ups surrounding GMB, with viewers having confused him with co-star Sean Fletcher.

Alex explained: "Yeah, I mean, myself and Sean have been mistaken for each other several times, and I don’t know why, he’s got more hair than me.

The weather presenter noted that viewers had engaged with him and Sean mistaking them for the other on social media, whilst also slamming Williamson’s mistake due to the lack of "genuine likeness" between Rashford and Itoje.

He said: "It was an eye-roll moment, as I say it’s happened to myself and Sean a dozen times, more than a dozen times, and on a scale of ignorance it is definitely up there.

"It does make you ask the question, As much as I want you to see us, I also want you to see me. We don’t all look the same.

"It is unforgivable and we have to ask the question: Is it time for Gavin Williamson goes back to school?"

"Yes, I think is the answer to that one,” answered Susanna

Mr Williamson was asked by a reporter if he had met Rashford, the Manchester United and England footballer who has led a campaign to extend free school meals.

"We met over Zoom and he seemed incredibly engaged, compassionate and charming but then he had to shoot off,” the education secretary said.

He added: “I didn’t want to be the one that was holding him back from his training.”

It was later reported by Mr Williamson’s team that he had not in fact met Rashford, but was instead talking about Itoje, the Saracens and England rugby player who has campaigned to improve access to laptops and the internet for children unable to attend school during the Covid pandemic.

Mr Williamson said in a short statement that he made a "genuine mistake" and "conflated the issues" of laptops and school meal campaigns that had both come up during the interview, adding that he had |huge respect" for Rashford and Itoje’s "effective and inspiring campaigns".

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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