Another penitent sinner…

Here’s a statement I issued earlier:

“On hearing the results of a random and unscientific sample of postal votes, I posted them on Twitter. It was a thoughtless thing to do, and I very quickly realised that it was not appropriate to put such information in the public domain. Because this was not official information, and no votes had been counted, I thought of it as being akin to canvass returns, i.e. telling people how well we were doing with Labour promises on the doorstep, but I appreciate now it was wrong to do so. I have personally called the Returning Officer at Bristol City Council to apologise, and assured him I have removed the information as quickly as possible, within a matter of minutes. He has advised that it would not be lawful for anyone else to publish the information, for example, by re-posting my original Tweet.”

I am not the first person to make such a mistake, and I’m sure I won’t be the last, but as you can imagine, I’m cross with myself. Tweet in haste, repent at leisure….

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  • Nick Harding  On April 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Kerry, We all make mistakes.

  • Glenn Vowles  On April 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Penitent sinner? I thought that, like me, you were an atheist Kerry?

  • Kerry  On April 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    That is indeed true Glenn.

  • warelane  On May 1, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Until your post I wasn't aware of the rules either.

  • Malcolm Clarke  On May 3, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Twitter does make mistakes like this very likely as it does not get the scrutiny of other things an MP will release into the public domain. You know everyone will jump all over you for it, but it will not cost you votes.Those without sin cast the first stone. There would be few stones thrown. Good luck this week! Malcolm NW Durham Labour

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