Morgan was later criticised for being pictured carrying an equally expensive handbag made by the luxury brand Mulberry. After seeing a picture of a handbag on the Have I Got News For You set, she tweeted that she would have been happy to donate her own bag to appear instead.
Morgan had earned the wrath of #Theresa May’s close aide Fiona Hill after criticising the prime minister’s choice of a pair of £995 brown trousers for a newspaper photo shoot. Leaked text messages revealed Hill, who is May’s joint chief of staff and acts as her gatekeeper, referring to the former education secretary as “that woman”.
The former education secretary had been scheduled to appear on the panel show on Friday, but friends said she had concluded it was best to keep “a low profile” after a “bruising” week in which her own fashion choices had been ridiculed.
Nicky Morgan was represented by a designer handbag on Have I Got News For You, after deciding to pull out days after it emerged she had fallen out with Downing Street over the cost of the prime minister’s trousers.