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Jack Monroe hilariously trolls GB News’ Tom Harwood over ‘pre-pandemic’ Sue Gray picture

Josh Milton June 7, 2022
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Side-by-side headshots of Jack Monroe and Tom Harwood

Jack Monroe (L) was among those poking holes into Tom Harwood's scoop. (Getty Images/Twitter)

British anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe left GB News reporter Tom Harwood humiliated after he posted a “pre-pandemic” photograph of Sue Gray.

On Monday (6 June), GB News political correspondent Harwood tweeted a photograph of the top-ranking civil servant behind a damning report into the law-breaking boozy parties that took place in Downing Street.

Amid a tense no-confidence vote for prime minister Boris Johnson, the former Guido Fawkes reporter shared a heavily watermarked photo showing Gray singing on a karaoke machine in Whitehall.

“EXCL: I have obtained an image of Sue Gray – whose report criticised the Downing Street drinking culture – singing karaoke at a boozy Whitehall pre-pandemic bash,” he tweeted.

“This picture reveals the senior civil servant enjoying the same karaoke machine cited in her own report.” The photo itself features a small caption that says: “Photo Taken Pre-Pandemic.”

And to quote Harwood’s own article: “The photo was taken before the pandemic and there is no suggestion of any lockdown-breaking behaviour on Ms Gray’s part.”

Yes, Gray really did attend a party… before the coronavirus pandemic and before any legal restrictions were enforced by the government. She really did, Downing Street sources told GB News, sing “You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John from Grease.

The story went down about as well as you’d expect on Twitter. Leading the charge was food writer Monroe, who flawlessly put the 25-year-old in his place.

“EXCL: I have obtained an image of Tom Harwood – whose Twitter is a f**kery of bilious dirge and a tenuous relationship with facts – leaving his home without a facemask pre-pandemic,” the 33-year-old said.

“The picture reveals the former Guido Fawkes ‘reporter’ enjoying a stroll looking like a b**lend.”

Countless Twitter users joined Monroe in poking holes in Harwood’s story.

According to Gray’s report published in May, one of the many, many lockdown-breaking and booze-fueled parties at Number 10 included an event which lasted for hours and involved a karaoke machine.

Attendees “brought pizza and prosecco” while Helen MacNamara, the then-deputy cabinet secretary, “provided a karaoke machine”.

“There was excessive alcohol consumption by some individuals. One individual was sick. There was a minor altercation between two other individuals,” Gray’s report stated.

PinkNews has contacted Tom Harwood for comment.

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