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BORIS BUNGLES POPPY CEREMONY IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN

By Democrat reporter

The BBC has apologised after it showed a three-year-old clip of Boris Johnson at the Cenotaph on Breakfast this morning.

The old clip was used instead of footage from yesterday that showed the bungling Tory leader placing a poppy wreath upside down as the Queen watched.

The broadcaster said: “This morning on the programme we incorrectly used footage from a Remembrance Day service that was not filmed yesterday.

“This was a production mistake and we apologise for the error”.

It comes after the Tory leader made a gaffe while laying his wreath at the Cenotaph.

Paying tribute beside Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders, Mr Johnson laid his wreath upside down.

A handwritten message, pinned to the top of his poppy wreath, read: “To the immortal memory of those who laid down their lives for us all.”

Many accused the BBC of bias after it didn’t use footage of the gaffe on this morning’s show (Image: PA)

After the old footage was broadcast on the BBC this morning, many Twitter users accused the broadcaster of ‘deliberate manipulation’.

One person wrote: “You spliced the footage using clips from two different years.

“Not something you can do by ‘mistake’. It was Conservative propaganda, pure and simple.”

Another also said it couldn’t have been a mistake, adding: “It’s a process.”


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