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Published on March 25th, 2011 | by Jenna Davies
Image © Twitter logoIn such a technologically advanced society, where information about virtually anything can be found on the internet, it may come as no surprise that adding to the host of individuals using the infamous ‘twitter’ are our very own MPs. Many are already regular ‘tweeters’ but it has now been put forward that they should be able to tweet during debates in the House of Commons. A parliamentary procedures committee has said MPs should be able to use electronic hand-held devices ‘for any purpose’ while they are not speaking in the Chamber, or as a point of reference when speaking. As long as the device used isn’t bigger than the individual’s head then MPs should be free to use them as they wish. It certainly shows that Parliament is keeping up with the times however that may not come as good news to traditionalists, and the thought of receiving twitter updates from the Commons is something many wouldn’t have thought possible or indeed appropriate. For example how will the devices be monitored in terms of what sites are being accessed and what content is being tweeted? This was brought up by the committee and concluded that it would not be possible to police MPs tweets. The report still needs to be passed by either the Speaker or by a vote, but it looks likely to be implemented very soon.

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MPs ‘Tweet’ In The Commons

Twitter logoIn such a technologically advanced society, where information about virtually anything can be found on the internet, it may come as no surprise that adding to the host of individuals using the infamous ‘twitter’ are our very own MPs. Many are already regular ‘tweeters’ but it has now been put forward that they should be able to tweet during debates in the House of Commons. A parliamentary procedures committee has said MPs should be able to use electronic hand-held devices ‘for any purpose’ while they are not speaking in the Chamber, or as a point of reference when speaking. As long as the device used isn’t bigger than the individual’s head then MPs should be free to use them as they wish.

It certainly shows that Parliament is keeping up with the times however that may not come as good news to traditionalists, and the thought of receiving twitter updates from the Commons is something many wouldn’t have thought possible or indeed appropriate. For example how will the devices be monitored in terms of what sites are being accessed and what content is being tweeted? This was brought up by the committee and concluded that it would not be possible to police MPs tweets. The report still needs to be passed by either the Speaker or by a vote, but it looks likely to be implemented very soon.

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