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

    John Prescott@johnprescott

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

    12:03 PM - 22 Jan 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Ed Miliband@Ed_Miliband

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

    04:39 PM - 31 Jul 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Not that everyone believed it was actually him.

    @thedancingflea hi dancingflea, it really is me

    Ed Miliband@Ed_Miliband

    @thedancingflea hi dancingflea, it really is me

    06:34 PM - 4 Aug 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    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

    11:57 PM - 20 Sep 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    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

    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

    02:21 PM - 2 Oct 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Nigel Farage@Nigel_Farage

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

    03:14 PM - 3 Mar 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

    7. Tom Watson was just a bit ominous.

    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:

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

    a bit worried that Ronnie is going to lose it

    10. Serious stuff from Louise Mensch:

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

    Louise Mensch@LouiseMensch

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

    01:44 PM - 24 Jan 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

    11. And William Hague.

    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

    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

    06:46 PM - 6 Apr 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    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.

    10:15 PM - 9 Mar 08ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    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

    03:05 PM - 18 Jun 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

    14. Lib Dems were relatively early adopters.

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

    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!

    03:55 PM - 16 Mar 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Julian Huppert@julianhuppert

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

    12:31 PM - 23 Jan 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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.

    learning how to use twitter for the first time

    Chuka Umunna@ChukaUmunna

    learning how to use twitter for the first time

    09:16 PM - 19 Apr 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Denis MacShane@DenisMacShane

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

    03:38 PM - 4 Oct 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

    Chris Bryant@ChrisBryantMP

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

    03:51 PM - 16 Feb 09ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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.

    is exploring whether Twitter is self indulgent or useful

    stellacreasy@stellacreasy

    is exploring whether Twitter is self indulgent or useful

    01:34 PM - 24 Jul 08ReplyRetweetFavorite

    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".

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

    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..."

    05:51 PM - 6 Oct 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

    Today I'll present a Budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard & get on

    George Osborne@George_Osborne

    Today I'll present a Budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard & get on

    08:08 AM - 20 Mar 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And Osborne quickly learned that UK politicians on Twitter have one thing in common: they face an endless stream of highly inventive abuse.

    @George_Osborne twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat.

    Ben Mason@88BenM

    @George_Osborne twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat. Twat.

    08:41 AM - 20 Mar 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

    George Osborne: Twat hard and twat on.