Can Twitter.com make twits out of town leaders?

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A POLITICIAN has defended Twitter as it is revealed that MPs nationwide spend almost 1,000 hours a year on the social networking website.

Political lobbying website www.westminsterpa.com found out that Lib Dem MPs are the most likely to use Twritter - with 57 per cent of them signed up to the site.

Tory MPs were the lowest users, with just 36 per cent signed up to it.

Tring councillor Nick Hollinghurst, who updated his Twitter status six times on Sunday, says he spends about 15 minutes a day on the site.

He said: “It tells me what other people are up to and gives me ideas and information. As long as it is used sparingly, I think it is a good thing.

“Lib Dems are very sociable, so I imagine we would use it the most.”

His recent updates include: “Aaargh! I forgot to pay my tax on Friday. Still with interest rates so low the penalty will be pretty small.”

South West Herts MP David Gauke does not plan to sign up to Twitter.

The treasury minister said: “I’m not sure how much would be gained by it. I have plenty to do everyday without tweeting, and I am not sure any of my comments would be terribly interesting.”

His boss, prime minister David Cameron, made his anti-Twitter stance clear in a 2009 radio interview.

He famously said: “The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it - too many twits might make a t***.”

Mr Hollinghurst agreed that posting without thinking could damage a person’s reputation.

He said: “I have probably just done it, but I am not as bad as the Greeks.”

He added that the tax office has now given people an extra month to pay their tax.