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Eamonn Holmes 'bias' row as he's accused of giving PM easy ride

By Staff Reporter

Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes has been accused of giving Prime Minister David Cameron an easy time during an interview yesterday morning - one week after his controversial exchange with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Belfast-born presenter and the Labour leader clashed last week when Mr Corbyn appeared on the Sunrise news show during Labour's annual conference.

Holmes was criticised by viewers for asking "inane" questions and using football analogies in his line of questioning while a bemused Mr Corbyn tried to steer the conversation back to politics.

Mr Corbyn was also interrogated about his decision to go with a slightly different shade of tie at the Labour conference.

The interview culminated with Holmes asking repeatedly: "Do you want to be a winner?"

Mr Cameron appeared on Sunrise yesterday to defend cuts to working tax credits.

Holmes criticised the "tone" taken by Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, who said cuts were a step towards "self-respect" when defending tax credits, and asked how the Government could justify cuts that will affect three million people.

"But people on tax credits - that's not about living within your means," said Holmes.

"I know you say eight out of 10 are going to be better off but two out of 10 will be worse off, and I think it's just the whole tone of things, maybe the way Jeremy Hunt has come out and talked about things yesterday."

He added: "How do you tell that to the steel workers who didn't even get a mention in George Osborne's speech yesterday?" He praised Mr Cameron's comments about truancy as a "fair point" before concluding his interview by pressing him on his political plans.

Viewers accused Holmes of showing a bias towards Mr Cameron by asking more focused, coherent questions and giving the Prime Minister more room to answer.

Holmes repeatedly interrupted Mr Corbyn during their discussion and the new Labour leader eventually resorted to jokingly pleading: "Eamonn, can I just answer the question?"

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