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The Tories Incorrectly Announced Chris Grayling As Party Chair On Twitter And Everyone's Ripping The Piss

Oh dear.

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So, early on in Theresa May's much-heralded cabinet reshuffle, ~this~ happened...

BBC confirming Grayling appointment but advisers saying its speculation and he hasn't been to no10 yet. The Conserv… https://t.co/aFY53ovpKG

It remains unclear at the time of writing exactly how the cock-up happened, but Twitter reports abound that a Tory staffer based the announcement on a TV news report before realising their mistake.

Anyway, the tweet was deleted and you can guess what happened next...

I think Grayling’s time at CCHQ will be seen as a golden age, free from gaffes or blunders.

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Chris Grayling's reign as Tory party chairman in full

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Everyone took the piss.

Chris Grayling's 2 minute tenure as Party Chairman recognised on wikipedia

"I'm hoping to get a few more cabinet positions in before the deadline today. Got a few promising opportunities lin… https://t.co/ETYbtTsaXd

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A lot of people noticed that being the subject of a cancelled announcement was somewhat appropriate.

Chris Grayling being announced as imminent Conservative party chairmen then having it immediately be cancelled and… https://t.co/h1hN6Y0kLe

The @conservatives would like to apologise for the cancellation of a tweet announcing the arrival of Transport Secr… https://t.co/IjI1UmxxJI

There were a few digs at the Tories' digital skills...

When you're not sure if you are Conservative Party Chairman or not.

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Then there were the history lessons...

That happened with me and Ed Davey. I was trade minister for 30 minutes https://t.co/C4oD8h60U8

The Grayling tweet debacle is small fry when you consider Tony Blair once accidentally appointed Alan Johnson to a… https://t.co/bpdduCpgNU

And then, about an hour later, the party announced Brandon Lewis had the job...

Updated graphic just tweeted by CCHQ

Because someone at Number 10 bollocksed it up.

Going so well. Downing Street's first tweet of Brandon Lewis's appointment deleted because they made a typo in "por… https://t.co/VRihdjh6vO

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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