Dan Walker cleverly reacts to Piers Morgan jibe after his Antigua trip sparks backlash

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Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 55, confirmed he had been to Antigua over the Christmas period, but told fans he complied with rules at the time. Earlier this week, Dan Walker, 43, was quizzed about the trip by a Twitter user. At first, Dan expressed his thoughts on Home Secretary Priti Patel’s recent press conference, in which she discussed the latest lockdown and urged citizens to comply with the current rules in place as coronavirus cases continue to soar.

You’ll have to ask someone who did and see what they think

Dan Walker

In response to this, the BBC Breakfast star wrote: “After watching the Priti Patel press conference I’m not sure if she thinks the rules are clear or not. Anyone?”

Amongst hundreds of replies to Dan, one user seemingly couldn’t resist taking a swipe at Piers Morgan.

They wrote: “Do you think going to Antigua is in the rules then blasting the rest of the country for staying at home?”

Cleverly not mentioning his name, the presenter replied: “You’ll have to ask someone who did and see what they think.”

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Piers was queried about his trip to the Caribbean island by politics site Media Guido.

At first, a Twitter user asked the Good Morning Britain host which countries he thinks has handled the coronavirus pandemic “properly”.

Sharing his thoughts, he replied: “NZ, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Iceland, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and yes, China.”

When pressed about Antigua, he added: “Antigua, like all the Caribbean islands, has handled the pandemic very well thanks to strict border control and a law-observant population. Just 169 cases in total & 5 deaths.”

Media Guido then took the opportunity to question Piers about his trip.

They wrote: “Government advice in December was not to travel unless it was essential.

“Piers was publicly calling for Christmas to be cancelled and tougher restrictions.

“He flew to Antigua first class on Virgin before Christmas Day.”

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Hitting back in view of his seven million followers, he wrote: “Hi Guido, Happy New Year.

“1) The Govt said travel abroad from Tier 3 was allowed if people went straight to the airport.

“2) I didn’t call for Christmas to be cancelled.

“3) I haven’t flown on Virgin for a year.

“4) I last flew First Class in February. Otherwise, spot on!”

At the time, the Government said Tier 3 residents should avoid travelling out of the area unless it’s for essential reasons such as work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring responsibilities.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps later said travelling abroad would be allowed in the same tier “if you’re going straight to an airport”.

Piers had previously tweeted “if we have to make compromises this year, so be it” in response to the Government’s previous announcement on households mixing at Christmas.

He added: “We can still attend virtual church services, & still have virtual meals with all the trimmings.

“The vaccines are coming fast, let’s save as many lives as possible until then,” he added.

The reason behind his trip and whether or not he travelled alone remains unclear.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Piers for further comment.

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