The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:
“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the handle) make sure you have either set up alternatives to use from Monday 30th March at 00:01 until polling day, or frozen the account, or published the necessary disclaimer making it clear you are not an MP during the Dissolution period.”
Yet as of 10:35am this morning, the Twitter bio of Labour campaign chief Lucy Powell still referred to her as an MP:
Within minutes of Guido politely pointing this out, “MP” had been quietly changed to “candidate”.
Yet, in a display of Powell’s winning judgement, she summoned all of her famous deflection skills to spin that Guido was talking about her handle, @LucyMPowell, which refers to her middle name Maria, and not her bio:
— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) March 30, 2015
You would have thought, after yesterday, she would have learnt when to put down the spade…