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Environment Secretary reveals he will see his parents-in-law at Christmas but won't eat at a restaurant with them

Environment Secretary George Eustice joined today’s Good Morning Britain to defend the government's new COVID tier restrictions and Christmas bubbles.

Piers Morgan questioned the Minister on the reasoning behind why a 'Christmas bubble' of three households was allowed despite restaurants and pubs being closed in many areas in England.

George Eustice said: "In reality, this will be three households and you'll be talking about families being able to come together just for that festive period."

The Environment Secretary said he will be having his "mother and father-in-law over" at Christmas despite saying he would not go to a restaurant with them.

He said: "We are trying to strike a balance here and doing this over Christmas for people who want to be able to come together at Christmas, it's been a difficult time. We want to be able to provide for that. As I said these are emergency measures that we're doing to dampen the spread of the virus, I can understand restaurants would say [they are safer than households mixing at home] but then enabling them to open for a few days probably wouldn't cut it for them either."

Asked about the 201-day government boycott of Good Morning Britain Mr Eustice said political parties are free to choose which media "outlets they are going to prioritise".

He said: "In every round that was done we did ITV, ITV were done at every step of the way. There are lots of media outlets, you can't do them all. We do as many as we can on a morning media round."

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