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Kay Burley

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ONE Direction fans clearly can’t get over Zayn Malik’s exit from the band.

During Kay Burley’s broadcast on Sky and Channel 4 for Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10, she introduced policeman Zaid Malik, but many viewers thought she referred to him as Zayne Malik.

One Direction star Zayn Malik

One Direction star Zayn Malik

Twitter users picked up on the apparent gaffe and some believed he was actually in the audience.

Kay, who was brought up in Beech Hill, loves a political debate and spoke to The Guardian about hosting the discussion.

She said: “Certainly immigration will be at the forefront of politicians’ minds.

“But as for what interests me personally, it changes daily. Recently it was the bus strike, because the traffic was really bad. Every aspect of your life is affected by politics.”

I love being on my toes, I walk a high wire every day

Kay Burley

She also spoke about her biggest clash, which was with Chris Bryant.

She said: “In my interview with Chris Bryant, he said that I was a bit dim. Subsequently we’ve agreed that I’m not and are now, in fact, friends.

“I see a lot of politicians socially – there are senior politicians who have had Christmas lunch at my house. But they know me better than to think they’ll get an easy ride on air.”

But she loves the challenge of the job, saying: “I love being on my toes, I walk a high wire every day. But I have a fantastic executive producer and can call on her brain when I need to, and she can talk in my ear if she needs to.”

And Kay is keen to make sure people do vote in this year’s election in May.

She said: “Somebody threw themselves under a horse so I could vote, so the least we can do is turn up. It makes me quite angry actually to think that people will pass up on the opportunity to make a difference.”

With new ways to keep people up to date with news, Kay is leading the way with new technology.

She said: “Internet is changing news broadcasting very much. I’m the only journalist in the country who has been given the opportunity by Twitter to try out a new 30-second video app, like Vine, that will be rolled out after the election.”