MPs before their time!

Now we are in full swing for electioneering, and lots of our fresh faced and not so fresh faced candidiates are on the hunt for your votes.

A number of them are now 'hip, historical and happening' (to paraphrase the words of one DETI Minister) through the use of the interweb and all the gubbins that go with it all.

One being the use (or misuse) of Twitter.  I have come across three twitter accounts of outgoing Members of Parliament who are seeking re-election.

They are Conor Murphy, Minister for Regional Devlopment and outgoing MP for Newry and Armagh (the constituency where I was reared, as they are wont to say), Michelle Gildernew, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and outgoing MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (did someone mention an independent Unionist Unity candidate?), and Nigel Dodds, one time Minister for Finance and Personnel and outgoing MP for North Belfast.

So what?

Well can you see what is wrong with these pictures (screen printed today 19 April 2010)

Guessed it yet?

A clue? look at the designation after their names.

That's right!  They are still using their designations as a Member of Parliament (MP), whilst electioneering during a period of time where there are technically no MPs.  This period is called dissolution.

Domain names and email addresses referring to you as an MP
2.12 No one can use the title MP during dissolution and you should not use a website or an email address during dissolution if it suggests you are currently an MP. Any website that contains a URL referring to you as an MP (e.g. should be frozen. This means the website may remain online, but that no new content should be added except the disclaimer, contact details and/or a link to an alternative web site.
Which means the three amigos are in breach of Parliamentary procedures during dissolution.

During dissolution there are no MPs, and impersonating an MP may be an offence (have not dug down that deep yet, but it could be along the same lines as impersonating a doctor, and you can make up your own mind which is the most dangerous).

At least it makes a nice difference to the usual personation of others on polling day.


Anonymous said...

MPs in breach of the rules? Nothing new there then!

Ivor Whitten on 3:29 pm said...

I think there may be more to come!

aprni99 on 11:25 pm said...

Just noticed this one from a candidate who has never even been an MP......

now thats confidence for you.....

Ivor Whitten on 2:51 pm said...

that certainly is! Though i am hearing it is a 'fake' account. hmmmm

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