Robert Peston condemned after quizzing Jeremy Hunt over tragic death of baby sister

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Robert Peston has defended his decision to ask Jeremy Hunt about his baby sister's fatal accident when he was just two years old.

ITV's political editor tweeted on Thursday: "I have upset many of you by asking about this.

"But it was not a 'gotcha' as you seem to think. I told @Jeremy_Hunt well in advance I had heard of this terrible family event in his life and asked if he would be happy to talk about it.

"He said yes. My view was that it would aid understanding of him if he talked about it.

"Maybe I was wrong. Maybe I asked the questions clumsily.

"But I would never have entered such difficult private space without the permission of the interviewee.

"Sorry though to have upset so many of you."

Twitter users were withering in their criticism of the presenter.

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