British Trade Secretary Grant Shabbs has denied he manipulated a photo he posted on his Twitter account to remove former Prime Minister Boris Johnson from it.
Shoppes posted a photo of him working at Space Cornwall Space Center to celebrate the first space mission launched from UK soil.
However, social media users discovered that Johnson, who moved to the center in 2021, had disappeared from view.
Shabbs said he was unaware the photo had been edited and has now deleted it.
The original photo is still available on Prime Minister’s account on “Flickr” on June 9, 2021.
Johnson and Shabbs are pictured side-by-side at the Cornwall Center during the arrival of Launcher One.
He (Johnson), the leader of the Conservative Party at the time, wore a jacket that read “Prime Minister”.
A source close to Shabbs said: “Grant was unaware that someone had edited the photo.”
He added: “He (Shabbs) removed the image as soon as he pointed this out. He clearly does not approve of anyone who changes history by removing the former prime minister from the image.”
The first ever satellite launch from British soil failed on Monday after the rocket suffered a “technical fault”.
A giant plane operated by American Virgin Orbit carried the missile from Newquay, Cornwall, for launch in the Atlantic Ocean, and when the missile was launched, it seemed to climb properly, but the mission failed.
Experts were unable to launch satellites.
A Labor source said: “The Tories may want to erase the memory of their leaders, but the country is stuck with the consequences of their terrible record – a crumbling economy, a poor health service and a ineffective asylum system.”
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