AN emotional Sky News presenter has recalled his daughter’s death as he grilled a Tory minister about Boris Johnson’s disregard for Covid rules.

Trevor Phillips could be seen trying to restrain his emotions as he challenged Oliver Dowden, one of the party’s co-chairs, over whether the Prime Minister understood public anger over parties on Downing Street during lockdown.

The broadcaster remembered getting a phone call in April 2020 to tell him his daughter had collapsed. He went on to say she had died the next morning.

Phillips said: “You’ll forgive me, I’ve talked about this once on this programme and I hoped never to have to do it again, but I think there are thousands, millions, of people across the country who will feel, frankly, rather as I do.

“Let’s go back to that April 17/18 weekend, and I just want to say something about what I did during that week and other people will have exactly the same story.

“That week I saw my two daughters at various times outside – one was pregnant, one was very ill.

“Their mother, stepmother and I weren’t allowed to meet them together. We all stuck to the spirit and the letter of the rules.

“On the Saturday, after watching the funeral of Prince Philip, I went to one of my friends’ 70th birthday parties. He hired a tent, he’s got loads of friends, but he’s hired a tent for just six of us so we could sit outside, he stuck to the spirit and the letter of the rules.

“And at dinner I get a call, my daughter’s collapsed, and as you will know, for months she’d been isolated, she was ill.

“By the following morning she had died and she had stuck to the spirit and letter of the rules, and there are going to be thousands of people who have that story in their background and, if I may say so, you are in here telling me about a civil servant’s inquiry, that will not answer that anger.

“Does the Prime Minister really understand why people are angry?”

Dowden said he knows "how much people have suffered" during the pandemic, adding it was "totally wrong" for No 10 to break its own rules.

He said the UK Government wants to “establish all of the facts of what happened”, insisting the Prime Minister will be “held to account” in Parliament.

Minutes later, in an interview with shadow health secretary Wes Streeting, the journalist said sorry.

He said: “I apologise to viewers if I brought something personal into this discussion, let’s try and keep above that.”

But Streeting said: “By the way, Trevor, I don’t think you should apologise for talking about your personal pain because millions of people up and down the country are having the same conversation.”