Since I’ve upgraded my hosting, one thing I’ve been wanting to do was to find a proper home for my Tweet Your MP script.
This is a php based script that looks up a UK parliamentary constituency given a postcode, and then returns the details of the MP using it’s own database. It’s been a handy resource for a few work projects, and since being published on GitHub as an open source project has been downloaded and used by a few other organisations as well.
So I can now reveal tweetyourMP.com
- The data set has been updated – it now includes twitter accounts for 495 MPs
- MP Email addresses and websites (where available)
- Notable additions since the last update include Kate Hoey and Zac Goldsmith
- the script is running on it’s own virtual host so it should be much faster.
- The updated dataset is available as a google doc.
- There’s now @tweet_your_MP on twitter which is an account which follows MPs who tweet
- You can fork the project on GitHub
The next step of the project is to provide a widget version of the tweet your MP tool which can be added to blogs easily.
Also on the horizon is a completely hosted solution that makes use of the open source postcode to constituency database.
As always this is made possible by the very useful TheyWorkForYou.com API and the PHP-API interface script originally written by Ruben Arakelyan.
If you have any corrections to the data, please let me know.
A few facts and figures about UK parliamentarians
In total 86% of Labour, 78% of Liberal Democrats and 72% of Conservative MPs are on twitter.
For MPs not on twitter at several have parody accounts registered in their names, including Iain Duncan Smith who has over 26 thousand followers.
22 MPs don’t even have websites.