Trafford MP claims Twitter isn't the be all and end all after criticism from think tank (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Trafford MP claims Twitter isn't the be all and end all after criticism from think tank
GRAHAM Brady MP has hit back at claims that he does not effectively engage with his constituents via Twitter.
The Altrincham and Sale West MP made the comments following research published by think tank, Parliament Street, which compiled data documenting how backbench MPs use the social networking site.
The data shows that Mr Brady has 480 Twitter followers and has tweeted 101 times.
This puts him on par with Wythenshawe and Sale East’s representative, Paul Goggins, who has 446 followers and has tweeted 156 times, but pales in comparison to Trafford’s third MP, Kate Green, who has10,272 followers and sent 3,149 tweets, at time of writing.
Mr Brady said: “It’s important for MPs to be accessible to constituents and I’m always happy to give my views as openly and fully as I can.
“I’m concerned that a medium that restricts comment to 140 characters risks encouraging flippant or ill-considered comment on serious and important matters.”
But Steven George-Hilley, director of technology, Parliament Street said: “Social media is now a defining feature of modern society, influencing every aspect of life.
“By using social sites like Twitter, MPs can build trust with the electorate and engage the next generation in the political process.”
He added: “In this febrile environment, MPs have a second chance to rebuild lost trust through personalised online engagement via social media.”
It should be noted that Mr Brady and Mr Goggins do not appear to use Twitter personally, rather, their tweets are extracted from the website TheyWorkForYou.com, where as Ms Green tends to personally use the site on a daily basis.
Stretford and Urmston MP, Ms Green, added: “I really enjoy using Twitter. It’s one of a number of useful tools I use to keep my constituents up to date with the work I’m doing.
“You can follow me @KateGreenSU, but if you’re not a fan of Twitter you can always contact me the traditional way on 0161 749 9120.”
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