THE Prime Minister has come under fire from the North East after recently confusing Tyneside with Teesside in a now-deleted tweet after being on the campaign trail on bank-holiday Monday.

Mr Johnson had visited the seaside town of Whitley Bay in the Tyne and Wear where he was spotted chatting to residents.

He also popped into a local chip shop and ordered some chips and after Tweeted a picture of himself holding and ice-cream.

However, in the now-deleted tweet, he claimed he was on Teesside where he said the Conservatives are “delivering a massive programme of investment as part of our plan to level up the whole of the UK.”

The Northern Echo: The now-deleted Tweet by Boris JohnsonThe now-deleted Tweet by Boris Johnson

He signed off the Tweet with: “Remember to vote Conservative this Thursday for Conservative councillors who keep your council tax low”.

The Prime Minister soon came under fire from locals who pointed out the mistake in the Tweet and it was deleted soon after.

Deputy Leader for Labour and MP for Ashton, Angela Rayner, tweeted saying “it’s all just ‘the North’ to him.”

Twitter user and Professor Dan Hicks tweeted in response: “You can delete your tweet but Whitly Bay is still on Tyneside not Teesside.”

Another Twitter user, Martin Angus, said: “Clueless idiot isn’t even aware of where he was campaigning. Tyneside isn’t Teesside.”

Twitter user ‘The Geordie Ape’ said: “You do know that Whitley Bay (where you are pictured) is not Teesside, right? It's North Tyneside. Please never ever darken this part of the UK again.”

The Prime Minister did visit Hartlepool yesterday where he joined Hartlepool MP Jill Mortimer on a tour around the town’s nuclear power station where he hinted at a bright future for the site and spoke of the Conservatives’ ongoing ambitions for the region.

He said: “Almost exactly a year ago Jill and I were here in Hartlepool and since that time I talked about delivering, I talked about the North East, I talked about our ambitions, and since that time you have seen GE come in with their turbines investment on the Teesside site.

"And the Freeport is going gang busters, thanks to Mayor Houchen, it's making great progress."


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