Twitter’s not just for elections…

I’m often looking for ways to engage with my MP – usually online, since that’s how a lot of things are done in the 21st century (banking, paying bills, booking travel etc). However sometimes I get a little bit despondent about writing to elected representatives who then don’t respond.

Neither my last MP Vince Cable, or now (since I’ve moved to Kingston) Ed Davey seem to do the online thing, with not much response to email and no tweets since May 2010.

In fairness, both seem to blog quite a bit and I haven’t yet tested their response rate to a dead-tree format letter.

But this got me thinking – is twitter and social media truly a way for MPs to reach out and engage with their electorate? or is it just a handy tool for some publicity every 4 years when they want our votes.

It would be a shame if the latter were true, since it’s a relatively easy way to publish information, particularly to a younger audience.

So I’ve compiled a list of MPs who haven’t tweeted in the last 6 months (most haven’t since the last election), along with a count of their followers:

Twitter MP followers
@vincecable
22094
@Vaizeyculture
3863
@Mike_Fabricant
2639
@HazelBlearsMP
2522
@DavidWrightMP
2507
@VirendraSharma
2505
@AlanDuncan4MP
2494
@leighmp * – now moved to @andyburnhammp and updated!
2004
@markdurkan
1946
@KarenBuckMP
1780
@naomi_long
1766
@eddaveykands
1543
@gildernewmp
1518
@Linda_Riordan
1489
@acarmichaelmp
1462
@Moore4Borders
1443
@nicolablackwood
1328
@kwasikwarteng
1026
@JDjanogly
885
@DavidEDrew
823
@Michael_Ellis1
658
@rosie4westlancs
634
@AMcDonnellMP
616
@George4MVMP
562
@NickSmith4BG
516
@PhilipDavies422
507
@C4NWestminster
452
@MaryMacleod4MP
449
@StocktonNorth
378
@edwardleighac
76

With over 22 thousand followers Vince Cable is missing a trick. Perhaps he’s lost the password?

As always corrections and feedback most welcome.

Update – @leighMP is now @andyburnhammp which is regularly updated – thanks to @CollectorManiac for pointing that one out.

Updated update: check out more MP twitter information at tweetyourMP.com

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