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article imageBritish MPs told they can use Twitter after temporary ban imposed

By Kev Hedges     Jan 19, 2011 in Internet
British MPs had been told earlier this afternoon that they should not be using Twitter while they sit in the House of Commons. But that decision has been retracted.
The Deputy Speaker of the house, Lindsay Hoyle, warned MPs they cannot tweet from the chamber allowing the world outside knowledge of what was going on. However, in the last few hours, this decision appears to be reversed, reports in the Press Association say, with a reprieve handed to the members allowing them to carry on tweeting.
Over 100 MPs regularly use Twitter to keep in touch with their followers and communicate with constituents. But earlier today a complaint made by Labour Party member Kevin Brennan about Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert, forced Mr Hoyle to intervene. The BBC Politics media site reported, Mr Huppert tweeted that shadow education secretary Andy Burnham, a Labour party cabinet member - had refused to meet education access advocate Simon Hughes, a Lib Dem.
Mr Huppert had tweeted: "Ah, Andy Burnham's real agenda leaks out. Simon Hughes, in charge of developing a better replacement, offers to work with him. He refuses."
Then as the Tête à Tweête hotted up, the Labour MP, who has his own Twitter account wrote, "the honourable member for Cambridge is tweeting from chamber right now that the shadow secretary of state has refused to meet the honourable member for the Liberal Democrats on the front bench when in fact the shadow secretary of state has already met him and is prepared to meet him at any time."
Mr Hoyle was impelled to step in after Mr Brennan had complained - and as result the tweeting ban was imposed, which now appears to have been reversed.
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