Hazel Blears and Ed Balls are the latest MPs to join Twitter, pushing the number of Members of Parliament using the service up over the sixty mark. 64 MPs are now signed up to Twitter, meaning that 10% of the House of Commons are now using the service. TweetMinster.co.uk, the service that makes it easy for the public to connect with MPs using Twitter, has revealed that amongst the MPs there are also 13 Ministers and 3 Whips tweeting.
London June 26th 2009 –www.tweetminster.co.uk, a media utility that connects people to politicians, commentators and news stories that shape UK politics, today announced that the number of Members of Parliament using Twitter has hit 64, meaning that 10% of the House is now using the service.
Amongst the MPs, there are also 13 Ministers and 3 Whips using the service, but the growing use of Twitter among Politicians is not solely due to Twitter’s growth; Twitter use in the UK is second only to the USA. More recently, the increase in Politicians on Twitter has been due to its use within relevant contexts, such as during the events surrounding the Iranian election.
The use of Twitter has in fact become increasingly popular during Prime Minister’s Questions, around political programmes such as BBC Question Time and key events such as the European Election. More recently, several MPs used Twitter during the election of the new speaker John Bercow, commenting during the voting proceedings and sharing their voting intentions. Sadiq Khan recently became the first MP to announce a ministerial appointment on Twitter.
The fact that alongside the 64 MPs, there are also 93 Prospective Parliamentary Candidates using the service shows how Twitter is likely to be an important communications tool come the next general election.
Of the 64 MPs on Twitter 63% are Labour, 22% are Liberal Democrat and 13% are Conservative.
Alberto Nardelli, Co-founder of TweetMinster, said;
“We’re delighted to see so many MPs embracing Twitter and connecting with people, and that TweetMinster is contributing to a process that is making politics more approachable and open. Six months ago there were only 4 MPs on Twitter.
“Now, as a local councillor put it during the recent speaker election, true interaction via Twitter with MPs during a Parliamentary debate is a shaping model for the future of democracy. At TweetMinster, we are honoured to be contributing to such a future.”
A full list of MPs and PPCs on Twitter can be found at www.tweetminster.co.uk. A full list of Ministers and Whips can be found at: http://bit.ly/GGJ0E.
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Launched in December 2008, TweetMinster is a UK-based service that makes it easier to connect the public with politics using Twitter. TweetMinster allows people to track UK politics in real time, and to find and follow Members of Parliament (or invite them to use Twitter if they're not already doing so) and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.
By encouraging participation and through open conversations, TweetMinster promotes better and more transparent communication between voters and elected representatives.
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