Minister on verge of tears as she reveals dad died with Covid just days ago

Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer has revealed her dad died with Covid this week, saying she understands the ‘absolute horror’ felt by millions across the nation amid the pandemic.

The Tory politician appeared to blink back tears as she said she personally recognised the tragedy people are facing during an interview on Good Morning Britain on Friday.

The heartbreaking personal news was revealed as she defended the Government after ministers were accused of bringing about more than 100,000 deaths with their ‘incompetence’.

Ms Frazer said she put the UK’s high death toll down to the country being ‘in the middle of a pandemic’.

When it was pointed out that other countries have significantly lower death rates, she replied: ‘I understand the tragedies that people have suffered as a result of this pandemic. 

‘I too lost my father this week and I recognise the absolute horror of people who are suffering across the country, but the Government has at every stage taken steps to protect the country from this virus.’

‘Not only in relation to the vaccine, the steps it has taken at every stage.’

The South East Cambridgeshire MP later told presenters she did not come on the show to speak about her personal loss.

Telling Ms Frazer how sorry she was, presenter Ranvir Singh said: ‘It’s just cos you mentioned it yourself. 

‘Sorry, it would seem remiss and unsympathetic on our part and unkind in a way to not reflect our sympathy to you because of course you’ve suffered the loss of your father this week.’

Ms Frazer replied: ‘Yes, and so I understand how tragic it is for everybody else. My father didn’t die of Covid but he died with Covid. 

‘The government is working very hard at every level, recognising the tragedy that people are facing.’

Ben Shephard told her: ‘One of the problems we have looking at our Government ministers and representatives is we need to know they understand what everybody is going through and that’s a really tangible reality for you and your family.’

It comes after vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi lost his uncle to Covid-19 last week.

Mr Zahawi explained his relative had been eligible for a jab but caught the virus before he got the opportunity to receive it and ‘didn’t make it’. 

Speaking to GMB, he said: ‘It’s painful, and it’s closer to home than you think, Piers, in terms of losing relatives and family.

‘I lost my uncle last week to Covid, but you’re right it is grim and horrible but our way out of this is the vaccination programme.

‘It makes me angry, but it makes me determined to make sure we vaccinate the most vulnerable people in our country and protect them as quickly as possible and then protect the whole nation. 

‘That is our way out of this, that is ultimately what we will do and I promise you I will make sure that happens.’

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