Nick Boles MP joins Twitter!

A few years ago, the Prime Minister was doing a radio interview when he was asked why he hadn’t started sending messages on Twitter.   “Too many tweets make a tw*t”, he replied - and got into hot water for his use of language.  I agreed with him at the time.  As readers of the Grantham Journal/Stamford Mercury may have noticed, I have a tendency to shoot from the hip – and am no stranger to political hot water myself.   That is why I have always thought that the last thing I need is an even more immediate means of communicating my sometimes impulsive thoughts.
But politics is changing, as technology and people’s interests change.  The membership of political parties is falling – and with it the capacity of Members of Parliament and councillors to communicate through traditional means of hand-delivered newsletters, door-to-door canvassing and party meetings.  At the same time, people expect much greater transparency about the activities of their elected representatives  and some want to be able to get regular updates on what we are doing – and how we are voting – on their behalf. 
With some trepidation, I have therefore decided to start tweeting.  Anyone who wants to hear what I have to say can follow me @NickBolesMP.  If it starts slowly, and is a bit bland, please bear with me: it will take me a while to hit my stride. 
Using social media is vitally important because most people are too busy to communicate in any other way.  But I believe that there is no substitute for a face-to-face chat.  I will continue to hold surgeries most weeks and if you want to book an appointment, please call Andrea on 01476 978121. I also want to try out a new kind of public meeting: over fish and chips and a drink, on a Friday evening, open to anyone who lives locally, involving a short talk by an invited speaker followed by a free-ranging discussion about things that matter.  We will be advertising the details of the first few events shortly:  everyone is welcome and I hope that we can make these evenings interesting and fun.
As a junior minister in the government, I am all too aware that I have to spend a lot of my time in London or elsewhere working on issues that don’t directly affect the people I represent in Parliament – and that I sometimes end up taking decisions or promoting policies with which many of my constituents disagree.  That is how government operates in this country and I do believe that, for all its flaws, it is the best system because it keeps all ministers - from the Prime Minister down - in touch with what voters think. But I know that I can do a better job of keeping my constituents informed about what I am doing and give you more opportunities to tell me what is on your mind.  That is what I am determined to do.