- 30% of MPs in new House of Commons use Twitter
- David Miliband edges ahead of John Prescott to become most followed tweeting British politician-
London, UK, 27 May 2010: Today, integrated communications agency, Four Communications, is launching an ‘at-a-glance’ guide to what the new class of UK MPs are tweeting about. Twung Parliament is a one page web guide of all MPs using the social media tool, Twitter. It includes party-specific, real-time Twitter feeds and cloud tags showing most popular subjects. And in the spirit of coalition and ‘the new politics’, Twung Parliament also offers trending topics across all MPs with a daily ranking. With Twung Parliament it is easy to find out what the backbench coalition partners are planning or who Labour MPs are backing for their new leader, for instance, all in one place.
The website can be accessed at www.twungparliament.com and tweeters can follow @TwungParliament. A week after the MP ‘class of 2010’ sat in the House of Commons for the first time and days after the Queen’s Speech, Twung Parliament shows that 195 current MPs or 30% have Twitter accounts. Notable users of Twitter include deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg (already a follower of Twung Parliament), and acting leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, while exiting prime minister, Gordon Brown, and new prime minister, David Cameron, are yet to take the plunge.
The launch comes on the day that Labour Leadership contender, David Miliband overtakes John Prescott as the most followed UK politician, racing from 8,000 followers in January to 25,000 today. Ed Miliband comes second with 15,600 followers, and Ed Balls is on third with 10,200. As well as the Labour leadership battle, Twung Parliament will allow users to follow the passage of key Coalition Bills and the mood on the Tory backbenches under the stewardship of new chair of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady.
Commenting on the launch of Twung Parliament, Jim Dickson, director of Four Politics, the public affairs practice of Four Communications, says:
“Like the rest of the world, MPs have started to embrace social media channels like Twitter. We saw some take baby steps and others really embrace the potential during the election campaign. We’re launching Twung Parliament so we can all keep an eye, very simply, on what MPs are tweeting about by party and as a whole. With backbenchers holding more influence than ever before, it’s going to be a lot of fun watching and also very instructive for us and our clients to get this immediate information.”
Twung Parliament is devised by Four Politics and built by Four Communications’ in-house team of online designers and programmers in the company’s Four Digital practice.
For further information please contact Catherine Huffer at Four Communications. Tel: +44 (0)870 626 9035 or +44 (0)787 668 4147; Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org