Throughout the day, news of who was in — and who was out — broke first on Twitter. Over the last 24 hours:
The reshuffle news started last night when William Hague (@WilliamJHague) used Twitter to announce that he was stepping down as Foreign Secretary after more than four years in the role.
Over the course of the day, appointments were then Tweeted out simultaneously through the official Twitter account for Number 10 (@Number10Gov), and David Cameron’s personal Twitter account (@David_Cameron). William Hague’s new role, the new Foreign Secretary, and Michael Gove’s move to Commons Chief Whip were the first changes to be announced:
The most retweeted Tweet from the reshuffle was the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that Nicky Morgan (@NickyMorgan01) was to become the new Education Secretary.
Nicky Morgan (@NickyMorgan01) also gained the largest percentage of new followers today, seeing a 50% increase. Greg Clark (@GregClarkMP), the new Minister for Science and Universities, received a 20% increase in followers.
The new make up of the Conservative part of government on Twitter is as follows:
A complete collection of cabinet #reshuffle Tweets can be seen below:
As the parties begin to think ahead to the 2015 general election, Twitter will continue to be the go-to destination for anyone interested in government and politics, bringing constituents and commentators closer to the action than ever before.