Labour’s Tracy Brabin reacts after number blunder on This Morning

Tracy Brabin has said she will have to change her phone number after she was bombarded with calls as it was inadvertently shown on screen during an appearance on ITV's This Morning.

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen and former Coronation Street actress appeared on the daytime show to discuss funding being made available for MPs to cover the costs of closing their constituency offices.

As she appeared via FaceTime, her phone number appeared across the top of the screen.

Brabin wrote on Twitter: "Just done @thismorning and my phone number was posted on screen and I've been inundated so will have to change my number. Please TEXT."

The signal for the interview was interrupted as calls came in to her mobile and she said: "I'm so sorry, I'm getting calls at the moment. That is why it's dropping. Oh, there's another one."

One viewer wrote on Twitter: "her signal isn't bad, instead, her number was leaked live on TV and everyone is trying to call her."

12 PHOTOS
Tracy Brabin
See Gallery
Tracy Brabin
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Comedian and Labour activist Eddie Izzard (L), Actress and Labour party by-election candidate Tracy Brabin (C) and Labour party activist Catherine Pinder (R) listen to a tribute to the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox on the first day of the Labour Party Conference in the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on September 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will hope to re-unite the party after being re-elected leader yesterday. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
BATLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Labour party candidate Tracy Brabin sits with a coffee in a cafe in Batley following early morning canvassing as voting gets underway in the Batley and Spen by-election on October 20, 2016 in Batley, United Kingdom. The by-election in the Batley and Spen constituency was prompted by the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire on June 16. Mrs Cox won the seat with a 6,057 majority in 2015. Former actor Tracy Brabin has been selected as the Labour candidate in the by-election with other main parties not contending the seat out of respect to Mrs Cox. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
BATLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Labour candidate Tracy Brabin and Andy Burnham canvass in the Heckmondwike area of Batley as voting gets underway in the Batley and Spen by-election on October 20, 2016 in Batley, United Kingdom. The by-election in the Batley and Spen constituency was prompted by the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire on June 16. Mrs Cox won the seat with a 6,057 majority in 2015. Former actor Tracy Brabin has been selected as the Labour candidate in the by-election with other main parties not contending the seat out of respect to Mrs Cox. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Labour's Tracy Brabin is declared winner of the Batley and Spen by-election at Cathedral House on October 21, 2016 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. The by-election in the Batley and Spen constituency was prompted by the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire on June 16. Mrs Cox won the seat with a 6,057 majority in 2015. Former actor Tracy Brabin has been selected as the Labour candidate in the by-election with other main parties not contending the seat out of respect to Mrs Cox. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Tracy Brabin MP (centre) joins other politicians and members of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus to record a charity single for the Jo Cox Foundation at the Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex, the single, which will be released next year, to mark the launch of the Jo Cox Foundation - a charity raising funds for causes close to the late Batley and Spen MP. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: The winning dog, Labrador, Rocky with her owner, Tracy Brabin, Actress and MP for Batley and Spen during the Westminster Dog of the Year 2017 competition in Victoria Tower Gardens near the Houses of Parliament London England on October 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Back/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner (left) and MP for Batley and Spen Tracy Brabin (right) speaking outside The Old Pinehurst Library in Swindon about LabourÕs fight against cuts to Children and Young Peoples Services. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with shadow early years Minister Tracy Brabin during a visit to Little Learners Nursery in Watford to highlight the rising costs of childcare. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour MP Tracy Brabin takes a selfie as MPs from across the political spectrum gather alongside aspiring woman from their constituencies to show them the inner workings of Westminster. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: (L to R) Lois Tallulah Brabin Platt, Tracy Brabin MP and Ed Vaizey attend the UK Theatre Awards 2019 at The Guildhall on October 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Tracy Brabin raising a point of order in the Commons on Monday follwing Downing Street's decision to order senior journalists from some of the UK's major news organisations to leave before a briefing on Boris Johnson's Brexit plans. The Labour frontbencher has denied having been "banged over a wheelie bin" after she was criticised for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress. (Photo by House of Commons/PA Images via Getty Images)
BRIGHTON ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Tracy Brabin Labour MP for Batley and Spen, shadow Education Minister for early years speaks at a Fringe event Labour Women’s reception at the 2019 Labour Party conference on September 21, 2019 in Brighton, England. The Labour party returns to Brighton for the 2019 conference as the political turmoil over Brexit continues. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Another wrote: "You can't stop receiving calls during your facetime to This Morning because your phone number was broadcast so people rang it."

Another wrote: "Oops! It appears that @thismorning have just revealed Tracy Brabin's telephone number on air during a FaceTime interview. She will not be happy."

Another said: "Time for MP @TracyBrabin to change her mobile number thanks to @thismorning @ITV @itvnews leaving her number at the top of the screen while talking to her."

Brabin, the former shadow culture secretary, appeared on the show as it emerged hundreds of politicians are entitled to a £10,000 one-off cash grant from their local authority to cover the costs of closing constituency offices.

The money is available – in some cases automatically – despite each MP already receiving a separate £10,000 payment from parliamentary authorities to set up remote working for their staff.

Presenter Eamonn Holmes apologised for the blunder on the show, telling viewers: "There is something I want to refer to, a quick word about an item in the programme at the start of the programme today.

"It was an interview with the Labour MP Tracy Brabin, and some of you will have noticed a technical error during that transmission and we want to say sincere regret and we are very sorry to Tracy for any stress or trouble that that may have caused."

A spokeswoman for This Morning said: "It was a technical error which was swiftly rectified."

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS