GMB's Laura Tobin hits back at Australian MP who branded her 'ignorant weather girl' by listing credentials

Laura Tobin and Craig Kelly clashed over climate change on Good Morning Britain yesterday. (ITV)
Laura Tobin and Craig Kelly clashed over climate change on Good Morning Britain yesterday. (ITV)

Good Morning Britain’s Laura Tobin has hit back at an Australian MP who dubbed her an "ignorant weather girl" following a tense debate on climate change on GMB yesterday.

The mother-of-one meteorologist listed her impressive credentials after climate change skeptic MP Craig Kelly criticised her after the pair clashed during a discussion about the Australian bushfires.

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In a now-deleted Facebook post, Kelly wrote "Oh no! Ignorant Pommy weather girls calls me a 'climate change denier'."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Laura Tobin attends Magic at the Musicals at Royal Albert Hall on May 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Laura Tobin attends Magic at the Musicals at Royal Albert Hall on May 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Sky News Australia’s Chloe-Amanda Bailey asked on Twitter if Tobin was in fact a meteorologist.

Tobin then replied: "Yes I’m a Meteorologist. A degree in Physics & Meteorology. 4 yrs as an aviation forecaster at the RAF. 12 yrs as a broadcast meteorologist. Attended a @WMO Climate course last year & upt o date with all the science #NotAWeatherGirl #IKnowWhatImTalkingAbout #DoYou? #ClimateChange."

Kelly later apologised for his comment, telling the Sydney Morning Herald: "I apologise to her. There was a bit of quid pro quo to it, it was at the end of a rather combative interview."

The politician also accused Morgan of "not wanting to hear the facts", which the journalist responded to last night.

Member for Hughes Craig Kelly during Members 90 second statements at Parliament House on December 5, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. The Government is pushing to have its controversial encryption legislation passed in the final days of parliament before the Christmas break. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
Member for Hughes Craig Kelly during Members 90 second statements at Parliament House on December 5, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. The Government is pushing to have its controversial encryption legislation passed in the final days of parliament before the Christmas break. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

In a tweet, he wrote: "Here are some facts, Mr Kelly: 1) Australia's just had its hottest year on record. 2) Most scientists say climate change is driving the heat higher. 3) Australia's currently suffering one of its worst ever national bushfire seasons. 4) Do the maths."

On the ITV programme yesterday, Kelly said there was no evidence to suggest the globe's climate is getting warmer. He dubbed the suggestion that lower carbon dioxide emissions could reduce bushfires as "nonsense".

Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left two people dead and several missing, more than 30 injured and over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday.(Darren Pateman/AAP Image via AP)
Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left two people dead and several missing, more than 30 injured and over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday.(Darren Pateman/AAP Image via AP)

The fires continue to rage in Australia, with areas of New South Wales severely effected by the blazes.

Donations have poured in from celebrities in a fight against the crisis, with money contributed by singers Pink and Elton John as well as Australian natives Chris Hemsworth and Kylie Minogue.

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