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Cameron in a jam after scone gaffe

Published 10/04/2015 | 19:11

David Cameron got himself in a jam over how scones should be served in Devon
David Cameron got himself in a jam over how scones should be served in Devon

David Cameron risked the wrath of voters as he campaigned in Devon - by blundering over how they prepare scones.

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The Prime Minister strayed into an ancient row as he dropped in at Tea On The Taw cafe in Barnstaple.

Chatting with locals, Mr Cameron was caught on camera saying: "When you are in Devon you do the jam and the cream in a different order to Cornwall, is that right?"

Seemingly aware that he was entering dangerous territory, the Tory leader lamented: "I'm going to get this wrong, aren't I ... In Devon it's jam first and cream on top?"

After the comment was greeted with silence by customers, Mr Cameron added: "Wrong way round, I knew I'd get it wrong.

"It all tastes the same, doesn't it?"

The dispute over whether jam or cream should be added to scones first - and whether cream should be whipped or clotted - dates back hundreds of years.

The Devon tradition is to apply the cream first, while the Cornish start with the jam.

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