21 First Tweets Sent By Politicians


Britain’s politicians are now addicted to Twitter. This is how they stumbled onto the service, thanks to the First Tweet website.

1. John Prescott began life on Twitter by talking in the third person and being baffled by technology.

John Prescott @johnprescott

John is off to Labour HQ to look at the virtual phone bank

2. While Ed Miliband began with some #drainage #chat.

Ed Miliband @Ed_Miliband

About to start meeting in constituency office with Dun Drainage and Environment Agency about waterways and drainage

Not that everyone believed it was actually him.

Ed Miliband @Ed_Miliband

@demsoc yep is really ed miliband

Ed Miliband @Ed_Miliband

@thedancingflea hi dancingflea, it really is me

3. His brother felt the need to use his first tweet to tell the world it was REALLY HIM.

David Miliband @DMiliband

Ok this is really me. Off to UN tomorrow. Big week for climate change. Ditto Iran and Middle East. Please send me your thoughts

4. Boris Johnson felt thrilled by the potential of social marketing.

Boris Johnson @MayorofLondon

Setting up social marketing accounts!

5. While Eric Pickles sent the most Eric Pickles first tweet ever.

Eric Pickles @EricPickles

Greeting chums welcome to my first twitter entry. I was due to start during the Conference but my Observer chum Gaby Hinsliff told you 1st

6. Nigel Farage was somewhere in Europe, preparing to talk to Europeans about Europe.

Nigel Farage @Nigel_Farage

In Prague, booked into hotel, before heading of to the Senate for talks on the Lisbon Treaty

7. Tom Watson was just a bit ominous.

tom_watson @tom_watson

getting ready for a day of digging

Digging what? A shallow grave?

8. The future Welsh secretary didn’t really know what to call tweeting:

David Jones @DavidJonesMP

Blogging at home

9. While early adopter Labour MP Kerry McCarthy was worried about Ronnie. Watching the snooker?

Kerry McCarthy MP @KerryMP

a bit worried that Ronnie is going to lose it

10. Serious stuff from Louise Mensch:

Louise Mensch @LouiseMensch

wonders if Iain Murray saw Obama's “endorsement” of Dawn Butler MP

11. And William Hague.

William Hague @WilliamJHague

Enjoyed the first interviews of the campaign. Off to Channel 4 news next. The choice is change or ruin – 5 more years of Brown would be ruin

12. While Grant Shapps used his first tweet to bemoan an unsuccessful shopping expedition.

Grant Shapps MP @grantshapps

Today I've been relaxing with the family and during the afternoon we popped over to the Howard Centre but didn't buy anything.

13. Years before Twitter turned “Ed Balls” into a household name, the Labour politician began with this.

Ed Balls @edballsmp

I'm pleased all the expenses are finally up on the Parliamentary website. See mine at www.parliament.uk or www.edballs.com

14. Lib Dems were relatively early adopters.

Dr Evan Harris @DrEvanHarris

OK already! Been nagged into tweeting by my friends at CaSE, sci bloggers and all the free speechers, and goaded into it by @RogerHighfield!

15. And we saw the first of millions of tweets from MPs claiming to have had a “good response” from weekend campaigning.

Julian Huppert @julianhuppert

is discovering that canvassing as a candidate is rather different! Getting a good response though!

Which probably means that only one dog bit you and a couple of people let you talk at them for five minutes because they were lonely.

16. Chuka Umunna hit the jackpot, the genesis tweet, the beginning of everything on Twitter.

Chuka Umunna @ChukaUmunna

learning how to use twitter for the first time

17. Former Labour minister and future jailbird Denis MacShane asked the obvious question.

Denis MacShane @DenisMacShane

New to Twitter and still learning the ropes. Any tips?

18. While Labour’s Chris Bryant didn’t see the point of it.

Chris Bryant @ChrisBryantMP

wondering whether this is a complete waste of time and energy – yet more sitting at a keyboard

He’s since made 24,000 tweets.

19. But that doesn’t compare to the 45,000 tweets sent by Labour’s Stella Creasy. Hopefully she has now answered this question.

stellacreasy @stellacreasy

is exploring whether Twitter is self indulgent or useful

20. It’s always dangerous if you’re late to the party. David Cameron began with a reference to his comment that “too many tweets make a twat”.

David Cameron @David_Cameron

I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be “too many tweets…”

21. As George Osborne discovered when he belatedly posted this first tweet.

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