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No, Matt Hancock wasn't served the world's worst pint of Guinness on a campaign trip to Teesside




Social media went into a frenzy yesterday after it appeared Suffolk MP Matt Hancock was served the worst pint of Guinness ever, but not everything was as it seemed.

Photographed clinking a pint with Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, Twitter users were aghast when they saw the heath secretary's Guinness mostly frothing.

But it's a fake. Signs of the photoshopped image can be seen straight away, with the glass larger than than it should be, but the image still went viral online with thousands of likes, retweets and comments.

One Twitter user claimed: "That is probably the worst pint I have ever seen in my life." Another said: "As a bartender, I can confirm someone did this on purpose, even if you pour it straight down without effort it looks better than this."

But it was later pointed out to social media users they shouldn't trust everything they read on Twitter, and it was actually a pint of bitter the West Suffolk MP was about to enjoy.

Mr Hancock was actually sipping on a pint of John Smiths, from Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, and not Ireland's most famous export.

Mr Hancock has been travelling up and down the country ahead of next week's local elections, and told his Conservative colleague Mr Houchen: "I've come to Teesside because it gave me an excuse to have a pint."

Last week Mr Hancock was in Newmarket, campaigning for Suffolk's Tories ahead of the vote on Thursday.

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