As Parliament returned from the summer recess, the Prime Minister carried out the Coalition’s first major cabinet reshuffle today.
And there was only one place to keep on top of the news: Twitter. We’ve pulled together some facts about what’s been happening on Twitter over the last 24 hours:
The most talked about politicians in the reshuffle were (in order of mentions):
For journalists and political enthusiasts alike, Twitter has been the place to be to keep abreast of developments, giving followers first-hand access to news and views from the political elite in their own words.
Former Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan also took to Twitter to confirm her departure from the front bench from the @Welsh_secretary account:
Amid a steady stream of rumour and speculation, the Prime Minister’s official Twitter feed @Number10Gov became the authoritative source of information. Cameron and his team used the channel as the first place to publish official updates, including:
PM appoints Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health.
PM appoints Kenneth Clarke as Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet).
PM appoints Chris Grayling as Secretary of State for Justice.
BBC sports presenter @GaryLineker was gripped, likening the reshuffle to last week’s football transfer deadline:
Can’t take your eyes of this cabinet reshuffle for a second. It’s like wild version of transfer deadline day.
As we enter a new session of Parliament, Twitter will continue to be the go-to destination for anyone interested in politics, bringing constituents and commentators closer to the action than ever before.