Boris Johnson mixes up Tyneside and Teesside on election campaign trail

The Prime Minister visited the area looking to drum up support for the Conservatives ahead of Thursday's local elections

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Boris Johnson has mixed up Teesside and Tyneside in a campaign gaffe following a visit to the North East of England.

The Prime Minister visited the area looking to drum up support for the Conservatives ahead of Thursday's local elections.

The PM, pictured with an ice cream, tweeted: "Fantastic day to be out campaigning in Teesside, where we’re delivering a massive programme of investment as part of our plan to level up the whole of the UK."

But it was later pointed out that Mr Johnson was, in fact, in Tyneside.

Boris Johnson was visiting the North East of England with the aim of drumming up Conservative support.
Boris Johnson was visiting the North East of England with the aim of drumming up Conservative support.
Opposition parties were quick to criticise the Prime Minister for the gaffe.
Opposition parties were quick to criticise the Prime Minister for the gaffe.

Opposition parties were quick to criticise Boris Johnson for his visit, accusing the PM of not paying enough attention to the area outside election periods.

Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, stated: "Teesside, Tyneside, all the same to him. He doesn’t even know where he is. Britain deserves better."

Tynemouth MP Alan Phillips also criticised the PM, stating: "The PM believes he was campaigning in Teesside.

"Actually, he was in Whitley Bay North Tyneside.

"He doesn’t really care where he is or what he says.

“He doesn’t really care about who he meets or what they care about."

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner also hit out at the PM, writing: "Erm…how to say this…? That’s NOT Teesside."

Boris Johnson has since deleted the tweet and replaced it, simply stating: "It was a fantastic day to be out campaigning in the North East".