March 7th, 2013

Tories Bring in Twitter Experts to Train MPs
Leaked Email Proves There Is ‘Lines to Take’ Tweet Spin List

Both Labour and the Tories have previously denied coordinating their MPs and activists use of Twitter and other forms of social media. Guido has long suspected they were bluffing; not least because Peter Hain doesn’t even bother to change the ‘Line to Take’ tweets before putting them out, and many Tories have been caught out sending  mysteriously similar and very on message tweets before. Now Guido has seen an email sent via the Government Whips to Tory MPs from the Digital Team at CCHQ that lets the cat out of the bag.

The email, sent less than an hour ago, coughs:

“At CCHQ we run an internal email list to notify people when tweets have gone out from @david_cameron or if anything high priority has gone out from @conservatives, so that they are aware of our comms and can retweet to share with their followers if they wish. Please let us know if you would like to be added to this list and what email address you would like these notifications to be sent to.”

Further to that, CCHQ are still trying to get the basics across to their less technologically able MPs with Twitter training from the company itself. It also looks like their more unruly and outspoken members are being brought in for a sinister sounding session on “compliance”:

“Twitter will be running two training sessions for MPs in the next couple of months (dates tbc) at the House of Commons as part of the series we are holding commencing with one on Compliance next Monday. There will be two different sessions, designed for different levels of experience – ‘beginner setup’ and ‘improving existing accounts’. More details will follow, however please do let us know if you’d like to register an interest in one of these sessions.”

They are coming for you Mike Fabricant!

UPDATE: Phew! Fabricant says far from being silenced he is in fact organising the sessions:

He didn’t deny the coordination of MPs tweets though…


  1. 1
    Teratologist says:

    I am interested in taking a closer look at this Cameron fellow.

  2. 2
    Medja analysis says:

    Many a tweet makes a twat. Many retweets signifies an arse licker.

  3. 3
    Fact says:

    It’s all bollocks.

  4. 4
    Donkey punch says:

    You’d never see UKIP doing such a thing. They still think we live in the 1950s

    Nigel Farage – living off the EU gravy train

  5. 5
    Go Nads says:


  6. 6
    They are all troglodytes over there says:

    That’s quite advanced thinking to Isle of Wight dwellers.

  7. 7
    AntiLeftoid says:

    They can tweet as much as they want, the message remains the same, it’s all bullshit spin and lip service from a Pseudo Conservative bunch of pro EU lackies and arselicking toadies of Herman Van Munster, much the same as Liebour and LibDums but with different colour rosettes.

  8. 8
    Desperate Dan says:

    I hope it’s not the same Twitter Expert as UKIP employed. They’re like a load of automatons parroting ‘Vote UKIP’ ‘Join UKIP’ over and over again. Boring.

  9. 9
    Peter Hitchens & Damian Thompson says:

    Screech screech screech

  10. 10
    Bone idle bastards says:

    It’s all go in the House of Commons. They are so knackered by all the hours they do their Easter Holiday has just been extended to almost 4 weeks!

    Four bloody weeks off at Easter! They never had it so good, even at Eton.

  11. 11
    Casual Observer says:

    Am not sure if it will make much difference, even if common purpose / twitter train these guys.

    They are discredited.

  12. 12

    You vill twat! On time! Und in ze korrekt vay!

  13. 13
    UKIP I'm keeping an eye on them says:

    Don’t beat around the bush man; tell us what you really think of the three Social Democratic parties.

  14. 14
    The moggy's woken up says:


  15. 15
    Nick says:

    Once MPs held ministers to account and communicated to HM Government the views of the country. Now they tweet.

  16. 16
    Angry from Reigate says:

    Will be sending orf a stiff letter

  17. 17
    That reminds me... says:

    Vote UKIP

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Stiff letter ?

    Is that a condom left out to dry ?

  19. 19
    P l e b says:

    I just wish they’d all STFU.

  20. 20
    Steve Miliband says:

    Political Party in co-ordinated communication shock!

  21. 21
    Never Trust an Orange Man says:

    “not least because Peter Hain doesn’t even bother to change the ‘Line to Take’ tweets before putting them out”

    It would be very surprising if Hain was capable of writing his own tweets!

  22. 22
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP.

  23. 23
    When I read things too quickly says:

    Your moniker scans as Schrödinger scat.

    I need to get out more. These infernal interwebs are driving me loopy.

  24. 24
    JJ says:

    I hate them all, I always will and when they’re dead I’ll hate them still.

  25. 25
    254 Tax Rises since 2010 says:

    Like I posted before, it was bad enough having just one Labour party, now we have three of them.

  26. 26
    AntiLeftoid says:

    Of course desperate dan Vote UKiP, by the way are you desperate to support a party which will actually represent the needs of the country and not the needs of the EU? Well come on then Vote UKiP

  27. 27
    Jimmy says:

    Any truth to the rumour there will be a special session for those without opposable thumbs?

  28. 28
    Lib Dem Concerned Father says:

    My son was thrown out of school today for letting a girl in his class w@nk him off.

    I sat him down and said “Son,that’s three schools this year. Maybe teaching isn’t for you.”

  29. 29
    even more disinterested bystander says:

    I you’ll excuse a serious comment, on this site, could anyone please explain the purpose of Tweeting. Can’t say I’ve indulged this particular form of on-line masturbation, but isn’t it those that ‘follow’ the Tweeters receive the Tweets? That would seem to break down into two groups of people. Those that think the Tweeter is the dogs doodahs & are truly interested whether they had a crap before breakfast or after. And those that consider said Tweeter to be an ass’ole of the first water & just wish to harass them or watch others do so. Both, I would presume, being somewhat confirmed in their opinions.
    How exactly does Tweeting come to the attention of those that regard the entire political class as having the interest factor of grazing slugs? On the other hand, if it absorbs the time they would otherwise be using to cause their more widespread annoyances, maybe there’s something to be said for it.

  30. 30
    Justice Fingers says:

    Be very careful

  31. 31
    Donkey punch says:

    Do you even know what social democrat means? No main party in the UK is social democrat by definition

  32. 32
    rocknrolla says:

    Did anyone ever make a video of Gordon Brown being humiliated in parliament in Guido’s earlier post? I can’t find one on youtube and sounds good. I’m referring to Defence minister Andrew Robathan:

    “I will explain why we dispute much of what the right hon. Gentleman has said in a moment, but there is one thing that I particularly dispute. I know that when he was Prime Minister, and indeed when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was very profligate with public money.

    He was very willing to spend it, and then to leave us in the appalling financial condition in which we now find ourselves. I must tell the right hon. Gentleman that we take a rather more parsimonious and sensible view than I think he did when it comes to the spending of our constituents’ money… In closing, may I say how pleased I am to see the right hon. Gentleman in the House?”

  33. 33
    AntiLeftoid says:

    All that time off and hardly any wages to spend on their break while away, I don’t know how they will manage, the poor underpaid bastards.

  34. 34
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    Sockpuppetry: The European Union Is The World’s Largest Astroturfing Operation

  35. 35
    254 Tax Rises since 2010 says:

    Let’s face it, MP’s don’t have that much to do these days except rubber stamp faxed laws from Brussels.
    They can’t change so much as a full stop, because as they timidly whimper, we can’t do anything because ‘we’re not allowed to’.

    Good this pretend democracy eh?

  36. 36
  37. 37

    The iCat is now available at a good store near you.

  38. 38
    Chinky chappie says:

    Shouldn’t that be ‘Mao’

  39. 39
    AA Patrolman says:

    Shouldn’t that be ‘cat’s eye’ ?

  40. 40
    254 Tax Rises since 2010 says:

    Or thinking about anything other than things he has a financial interest in.

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron should concentrate on economy. Rather then wasting money on stupid new infrastructure projects government should repair, maintain and upgrade the falling UK infrastructure.

    HS2 will be waste of money as there will not be enough people using the service compared to cost of building it. Rather than HS2 government should use the money to build more roads as road users contribute money to the government while railway runs on subsidies.

    Also what is wrong in letting families share houses. Most of the world do that here red tape stops it. There is more than enough houses for the current population as long as immigration is reduced there is no need for newer houses.

  42. 42
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    No I think you’ll find the EUSSR have 1950’s policies for this country that have been proved wrong by history.

    Dave’s Policies are gays getting married under windmills (when there’s enough power).
    Ed’s policies are between the brackets []
    LibDum policy is loss of benefits for rooms you organise orgies in.

  43. 43
    Operation Ore says:

    Like me, ‘they’ hope you will forget.

  44. 44
    Popcorn time says:

    1 minute ago: “Vicky Pryce verdict any moment…”

  45. 45
    254 Tax Rises since 2010 says:

    The wimp Cameron has been INSTRUCTED to build HS2 by his masters in Belgium and he will obey, as always.

  46. 46
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    So they can use public money to pay someone to teach mp’s how to twitter but they dont bother to teach them anything more serious like how to keep the country from spending money is doesn’t have.

  47. 47
    Blue Labor Gay Marriage Bum Boy & Little Fat Piggy says:

    Good to know all of this CCHQ tweeter stuff education is being fully charged to the dear tax payer,the mugs, along with our extended long Easter Jollies to far away warmer shores….its so boring doing sweet fcuk all in The House we need quite a few more of these 5 Star trips to perk ourselves up……

    Oh well time to pop in the Chamber for a few moments after my subsidised
    long lunch swilled down with some vintage claret…..& port…..

    maybe 40 winks while I’m there….. its all go…..Oink Oink…..

  48. 48
    Popcorn time says:


  49. 49
    Never take legal advice from Isabel Oakeshott says:

    Lol Vicky Pryce the definition of shooting oneself in the foot and cutting ones nose to spite ones face !

  50. 50
    When I read things too quickly says:

    iLike it.


  51. 51
    Spartacus says:


  52. 52
    AntiLeftoid says:

    Comrade Herman Van Munster of the EUSSR has decreed that none of the proletariat shall make decisions without his say so, if they do he will punish them by creating more EU legislation detrimental to the welfare of the miscreant state, if you try to escape he will make sure you pay for being a rebellious prole.

  53. 53
    Who Want's Some! says:

    Jesus, why not just get some coders in Bangalore to set up twitter bots and just replace the whole f_cking lot of them? They have so little commitment to the actual job that they can’t formulate their own thoughts on policy! Why these b_stards aren’t being shot as they leave the HOC is a mystery

  54. 54
    254 Tax Rises since 2010 says:

    DD is a Tory party troll, though you would never guess eh?

  55. 55
    Woo hoo says:

    Pryce guilty.

  56. 56
    Uncle Joe says:

    Better if we just shoot them

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Imagine in years gone past, the strange bloke that wonders around the village. Occasionally he shouts out. In the pub he always tries to liven the place up with unconnected loud outbursts. Generally alcohol enhanced. Some just scrawl graffiti on walls.

    The others pin notices up at the village green board, or maybe a personal ad in the local paper.

    The point is there has always been a desperate need by some for communication, some get annoyed at it, others ignore it.

    Yet when the government tries to run the country with it, you wonder at their mental state.

  58. 58
    AntiLeftoid says:

    No guessing where all the materials and machinery is coming from for HS2, if it isn’t German and Belgian there must have been a mix up in the purchase order forms.

  59. 59
    AntiLeftoid says:

    Tory party trolls, fresh from the ministry of disinformation and wanking

  60. 60
    Whip says:

    Have you tried coordinating anything where MPs are concerned? Good luck with that.

  61. 61
    AntiLeftoid says:

    I thought they had TV and newspapers for all that talking to the nation, well except obviously The Bolshevik Broadcasting Commune, who only release pro socialist/pro EU bollocks.

  62. 62
    Dougie says:

    So parties coordinate their MPs’ tweets. I’m flabergasted, shocked, taken aback.

    Really, Guido – get a life!

  63. 63
    Jimmy says:

    What I don’t understand is why they need this email list as well as yours. It sounds like unnecessary duplication.

  64. 64
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

    On the question of roads may I suggest that the government instaed of building more roads it maintains the roads it is resposible for motorways and A roads, preferably with the proper tarrmac for the job, building more roads means they have more roads to maintain but how can they do that when they cannot even maintain the roads they have got!

  65. 65
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

    I thought our beloved politicos were busy chaps and chapesses, it seems these party headquarters have nothing else to do but to put out Tweets. Instead of twittering they want to get cracking and sort through some of their policies and weed out those that are impractical, ridiculous, unworkable it would help to prevent their beloved leaders putting their size 20’s in the cow pat.

  66. 66
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:


  67. 67
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:


  68. 68
    even more disinterested bystander says:

    Ah, Mr Anonymous, your final sentence sums it up. For the Mother of Parliaments, all the majestic dignity of a farting contest.

  69. 69
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

    Dan, don’t start them off again for goodness sake, UKip good, every other party bad

  70. 70
    George Laird says:

    can I retweet that?

  71. 71
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote LibLabCon.

  72. 72
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

    They are spending it on themselves and I bet is in so called “working hours”

  73. 73
    Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

    I don’t know why they want a Titter account for, maybe because they have tax payer paid for iPhones something while away their time when they should be working.

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