Richard Madeley clashes with Insulate Britain campaigner and calls her ‘darling’

Richard Madeley clashed with an Insulate Britain campaigner on GMB but accidentally slipped up and called her “darling”.

The outspoken presenter asked activist Tracey Mallagan if she would have remained glued to a motorway effectively blocking traffic if her own mother or daughter were suffering a stroke and needed to get to the hospital.

Richard, 65, was referring to a woman who is now paralysed and went into a coma as Insulate Britain prevented her son from getting her emergency medical care while she was having a stroke.

Instead of answering the question, campaigner Tracey Mallagan evaded it and said that journalists are “asking the wrong questions” and that Ricard must be “heartless and stupid”.

Seeing red, he called her “darling” but immediately apologised and said it was a “showbiz thing”.

Tracey, who said she is on benefits and disabled, retaliated by calling him “sweetheart” and pointe out he had been told off for calling women darling before on air.

The discussion escalated and ended with Tracey on the verge of tears and Richard repeatedly pointing out she refused to properly answer his queries.

Insulate Britain plan to block the M25 today and have urged motorists to go no faster than 20mph.

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