Tory MP in 'Northern Island' gaffe
A Tory MP was left red-faced over a Twitter gaffe when he tweeted his delight over his appointment to 'Northern Island'.
Alec Shelbrooke was trying to express his pleasure at being appointed parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to new Northern Ireland minister Mike Penning.
But the Conservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell tweeted: "Delighted to have followed Mike Penning to Northern Island as his PPS."
The post to his 3,000 followers was quickly retweeted across the micro-blogging website, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Shelbrooke, who lives in North Yorkshire, described it as a "simple mistake" before making another spelling error while attempting to dismiss the blunder on technology.
He blamed "auto correct", a function on iPhones, writing: "Dam (sic) you auto correct. Northern Ireland not Island!!!!"
He then added: "Interesting to note so many retweets over a simple mistake, I think that's the most I've ever had. Just goes to show the level of debate!!!!"