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Colchester MP riled by ‘sad’ prankster on Twitter
COLCHESTER MP Sir Bob Russell is not amused about a spoof Twitter account pretending to be him.
Fans of the social networking site might have been forgiven for thinking the long-serving Lib Dem had finally embraced the “tweet revolution”.
However, on closer scrutiny it was clear the messages about going out for curries with fellow Essex MPs and spotting Conservatives begging for change at a railway station were the work of a prankster.
One Tweet yesterday from his fake account said: “What’s the worse thing you’ve ever done Bobby lad I hear you cry? Well once I rode my push bike on the pavement nowhere near a cycle lane!”
The spoof Bob Russell account, set up on Tuesday, was labelled “sad” by Sir Bob. He said: “I can’t even text, let alone tweet. I had no idea it existed until the Gazette told me.
“I believe I know who this person is and I believe he is of the Conservative party.
“I just have to accept there are people out there who have nothing better to do. I have every confidence the vast majority of my constituents, and even those who did not vote for me, will be appalled at this sort of behaviour.It’s just sad.”
Fake Twitter accounts have become the rage for celebrities and football players, with many having to point out their real account or get friends to continually state they do not have one.
However, some MPs do have their own Twitter account.
But Sir Bob said he would not be joining the social networking site anytime soon.
He said: “I don’t engage in Twitter. It’s not necessary to have an account, although other people disagree.
“People can contact me from a whole range of means.”