Emily Maitlis admits locking screaming son in garden after returning from work

A child’s tantrum can be hard to manage at the best of times.

So spare a thought for Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, who maintained her composure for 22 hours during rolling news coverage of the 2010 election – only to be confronted with a screaming five-year-old when she returned home.

She admits she took drastic measures to calm eldest son Milo – locking him in the garden.

“I opened the back door and picked him up and said, ‘Right, you are in the garden until you stop crying’. I shut the door.

Then I realised he didn’t have any shoes on, so I opened the door, threw the shoes out and shut it again.

“I thought, ‘Actually, I’ve been awake for 22 hours, I can’t listen to this’. I knew he was not going to come to any trouble because it’s a safe garden but I just couldn’t listen to the screaming.

"I like to terrify them for brief moments and then calm down.”

Now, when Emily, 48, returns home from a shift, she has a failsafe way to unwind. “I have a chat with the dog.

"After work I am buzzing. I pour myself a little vodka or a glass of rose and the dog has a treat and I recount my day.”

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