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Esther Rantzen defends over 50s shielding in heated This Morning debate: 'Not ageist!'

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Esther’s comment also divided viewers at home who took to Twitter to weigh in with their thoughts.

One concerned viewer wrote: “#ThisMorning Esther I get what you are saying but I also have a young family to provide for and my job is important. I am over 50. We ALL need to pull back and shield whenever we can. If everyone cut out unnecessary contact, this thing would be over sooner.”

A second added: “Wow Esther!! So us 50 somethings haven’t got important jobs #ThisMorning.”

While a third said: “@thismorning I’m with Biggins! Why should I, aged 50, only going shopping for the last 4 months, be penalised due to the actions of largely those aged upto 49 at beaches, demos, football celebrations etc? I’m careful when I go out – mask, sanitiser but groups of youths nothing!”

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