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‘Outrageous Slur!’ Tables Turn On Nick Robinson As Teaching Union Chief Slams His Interview

Nick Robinson was put on the spot during the Today programme on Tuesday, when the head of a teachers’ union called him out for an “outrageous slur” live on air.

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU) with Kevin Courtney, clashed with the BBC Radio 4 presenter over the teachers’ strikes after the organisation asked teachers to reject the latest pay offer from the government.

Union members had been offered £1,000 extra cash this year with a 4.3% rise for most staff next year.

Most teachers in England already received a pay rise of 5% in September 2022 but, as unions pointed out, this is a long way from the double-digit inflation the UK economy is still facing.

Addressing how the unions still want teacher strikes to continue, Robinson said: “You know as well as I do that there are some extremists who would love to cause massive disruption.

“Indeed, some people who say the man who is running and likely to succeed you as leader of this union is in your eyes, an extremist.”

It’s believed this is a reference to Daniel Kebede, who has been described as a hard-left activist before.

He is competing against Niamh Sweeney to become the first single NEU’s general secretary on March 31.

Bousted quickly hit back against Robinson’s claim, saying: “I think that’s an outrageous slur.”

He pushed: “How would you describe it?”

Bousted continued: “No no no, we’re not getting into personalities four days before an election.”

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