STEPH McGovern has said that Donald Trump was "creepy" and told her that she was "so beautiful" when she interviewed him for BBC Breakfast several years ago.

Appearing as a guest host on Friday's Have I Got News For You, Teesside born McGovern - who interviewed Mr Trump in 2012 - told the panel: "Having once met Trump... Ah he's creepy, man."

The Northern Echo:

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She said: "He said 'You're so beautiful, I'm going to leave the room to make myself look better, because if we do this interview now everyone is just going to be staring at you and not listening to me.'

"It's because he thought that would be the best way to disarm me. He thought as a female journalist, he thought that was the best thing to say to me rather than 'Oh I watched your piece on mobile phone insurance last week.'"

She said she was unruffled by his comments, and had replied to him: "Aye love, I've heard better lines than that down Club Bongo."