Tory MP calls Buchan ports Fraserhead and Peterborough

Peterhead, long known to locals as 'The Blue Toon'. Picture: Contributed
Peterhead, long known to locals as 'The Blue Toon'. Picture: Contributed

Michael Gove, the Tory Justice Secretary got himself into a spot of trouble online yesterday when he called Peterhead and Fraserburgh - Fraserhead and Peterborough.

Gove, whose father worked in the industry in Aberdeen, made the blunder as he talked Brexit and the fishing industry - after claiming that fishing was “very close to my heart”.

He said: ““The common fisheries policy essentially gave other European Union nations unfettered access to our fish stocks and - I would hope - that if we leave the European Union we can once more see the ports of Peterborough and Fraserhead and Grimsby flourishing, because we will take back control of our territorial waters.”

The mistake was quickly picked up by users on Twitter.

Jim Robertson said: “Fishing is very close to my heart, says Gove. Then cites Peterburgh and Fraserhead!! Confused, Mr Gove?”

David Moncur said: “Peterborough and Fraserhead fishing ports says £gove. Where are they then?”

While Alice Cochrane joked: “Gas Gove; “Peterborough and FraserHead” ...everyone knows Peterborough is landlocked.”