Despite Louise Mensch — supposedly the MP for Corby — seeming more interested in (a) forming her own social media startup and (b) arguing with Scrapbook on Twitter, her announcement this morning that she will quit still comes as something of a shock.
Mensch will be moving to the somewhat more salubrious environs of New York City to live with her rock manager husband. Accepting her resignation — triggering an unwanted by-election for the Tories in November — David Cameron said:
“You have helped bring politics alive to those outside the Westminster Village, through your effective appearances on the television and your use of social media.”
But does Dave realise how much time she spent on Twitter? Scrapbook certainly finds these statistics instructive:
- 22,000 — messages posted on Twitter
- 22 — mentions of her constituency in parliament
She didn’t even make it to the halfway point of this parliament.