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Shapps: Politicians should not use Twitter 'to judge the public'

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has said politicians should not be using Twitter to judge the public but that the public should be judging politicians, after Emily Thornberry's tweet led to her resigning from the front bench.

Tonight's panel on The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: Twitter/ @agendaitv

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby Mr Shapps said it was still important for MPs to be on Twitter: "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to people who tweet to you."

Other guests on the programme on ITV at 10.35pm tonight are feminist writer Germaine Greer, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Telegraph Women's Editor, Emma Barnett.

Shapps: Rise in Ukip votes 'a wake up call'

Ukip's win in Clacton and massive boost in support in the Heywood and Middleton byelection is "a wake up call" to the Tories, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said.

He told Good Morning Britain that Ukip had taken votes from all parties, but had "cost Conservatives seats in Parliament," putting Ed Miliband closer to Number 10.

Shapps: Result 'shows if you vote Labour you get Ukip'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said the Clacton byelection result "shows if you vote Labour you get Ukip.

Shapps told Good Morning Britain the UK "will face a massive choice" at the General Election next year.

"It's the most significant General Election for generations," he added.


Grant Shapps: 'I drink beer and I love a game of bingo'

The advert tweeted by Grant Shapps on Wednesday night that was accused of being condescending Credit: Twitter/Grant Shapps

The Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has hit back at criticism of an advert he tweeted celebrating the cuts in bingo tax and beer duty.

The party advert said the measures were "to help hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy". The Tories and Mr Shapps were accused of being "condescending" by Labour and the Lib Dems.

On a trip to Carlisle, he told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We can all argue about whether the word should be 'they' or 'us' or whatever.

"Personally, I drink beer and I love a game of bingo so I can't see why on earth they think this is more important than talking the long-term economic future of our country, supporting actually sectors like bingo or the local pubs."

Balls: Budget ad 'embarrassing and out of touch'

The Conservatives' online Budget ad has been described by Ed Balls as "patronising and embarrassing".

The Shadow Chancellor held a printout of the online-only poster in the House of Commons as he said it poster showed the Tories were "out of touch".

Tweeter spoofs 'Bingo Budget'

One Twitter user came up with a new way of spoofing yesterday's Budget, following measures aimed to please beer drinkers and bingo-goers.

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