A surreal autocue mix-up left a Tory MP staring at the words “c**k gobbler” for the duration of his speech.

The mix-up happened on Monday at the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival at the British Library – where Tory minister Matt Hancock was giving a speech as minister for digital policy.

His speech followed Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who hosted a special round of his ‘Innuendo Bingo’ segment on-stage.

But unfortunately for Mr Hancock, someone neglected to reset the autocue inbetween the items, meaning he was left staring at the last phrase from Innuendo Bingo – ‘C**k Gobbler’.

The MP quipped to the audience: “You’re obviously getting upset because it just says, in large letters, ‘cock gobbler’… I had to do a whole speech without being distracted!”

Telegraph media correspondent Patrick Foster explained: “Due to screen malfunction, Matt Hancock has just given an entire speech at the Radio Festival, staring into the words ‘c**k gobbler’.

“Matt Hancock had ‘c**k gobbler’ in front of him because previous speaker Scott Mills had been airing poultry-based innuendo.”

It’s not the first time Mr Hancock has been party to a unfortunate words mix-up.

On National Poetry Day in 2014 he apologised after accidentally retweeting a poem suggesting the opposition was “full of queers”.

The MP had accidentally retweeted the poem “The party run by young Ed/is quietly going quite dead/bereft of ideas/quite full of queers/no wonder the faithful have fled.”