SKY News presenter Kay Burley has revealed how she was offered a ‘cabinet job’ by both the Tories and Labour if she stood as an MP.
The 59-year-old news veteran said she turned both sides down ahead of the the 2015 General Election, which was won by David Cameron’s Tory Party – beating Ed Miliband.
She said that she was even promised a ‘cabinet position’ when elected, but said that she was not tempted to become an MP.
After being asked in the Observer’s New Review supplement whether she thought she was ‘doing something right’ after being accused of bias by both the Tories and the
Labour in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, she said: “Definitely…in the 2015 election, both sides offered me a cabinet position and a safe seat, so neither know how I vote.
“I wasn’t tempted. God no. I’m a journalist, down and dirty with the hacks. I’m not interested in being a poacher turned gamekeeper.”
Asked about her ‘no-nonsense’ questioning style, she said: “I’ve always been something of a Wigan street-fighter. Always tried to prove myself, always had sharp elbows.
“I get paid a good salary to ask the hard questions that people at home would want answered.”
Asked if PM Boris Johnson was ‘running scared’ of being interviewed by Andrew Neil ahead of the recent election, she said: “Obviously he was, because Andrew Neil is a sensational interviewer.
“If I was advising Boris, I’d have said to him: “Do not go in front of Andrew Neil whatever you do.”
“But as a journalist, a viewer and a voter, I want to hear what Boris Johnson thinks. If they’re running scared, it says more about them than our interviewing technique.”