The Daily Express can reveal that Miss McVey suspects it could be down to the GMTV stars who have close links to the Labour Party. Former GMTV host Fiona Phillips, a Labour supporter, was offered a peerage and a job as a health minister by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Gloria De Piero, now a Labour MP, was a political correspondent for GMTV. And former GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, who has filled in for Lorraine Kelly, is married to one-time Labour spin doctor Derek Draper.
The row erupted on Monday’s Good Morning Britain. Lorraine came on to preview her own show immediately after hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid had interviewed Miss McVey.
Morgan asked Lorraine if she remembered Miss McVey from their GMTV days. Her pursed reply was: “Yeah, yes I do. Right, coming up at 8.30…”
The Liverpudlian MP later said the pair did not get on because she was promoted above Lorraine to star with Eamonn Holmes.
But on Tuesday Lorraine said that was “nonsense” and the feud was because of Miss McVey’s negative attitudes on LGBT rights.
Fiona Phillips also accused the MP of lying.
But a friend of Miss McVey said yesterday said: “It was the worst mistake she ever made coming out as a Tory.
“GMTV was like a cabal of Lefties with Fiona Phillips, Gloria de Piero and Kate Garraway.”
The Brexiteer MP has vowed to get Britain out of the EU on October 31.
Yesterday she revealed she would employ former Tory Cabinet minister Peter Lilley as a “Brexit Tsar” to oversee a no-deal exit on World Trade Organisation terms if she becomes PM.