(2010) New Labour’s Kerry McCarthy MP -cautioned for illegal post of election results

The Labour frontbencher Kerry McCarthy has been given a police caution after illegally revealing election results on Twitter. The Bristol East MP, who was installed as the party’s “Twitter tsar” by the former leader Gordon Brown, used the social networking site to give details of postal votes in April. She boasted to thousands of followers that an early batch showed Labour receiving far more support in her constituency than the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats – providing figures to back up her claim.

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Credit where credit’s due: McCarthy was reported by the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics


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