Overwhelming Majority Of MPs Embrace The Web To Communicate

A report compiled by a leading independent political research charity shows that members of parliament see the web more as a tool to communicate with their constituents than a medium to share ideas and interact with them.

The document entitled "MPs Online: Connecting with Constituents" was published by the reputable Hansard society and found that 17 percent of MPs still don't have a personal website and 8 percent don't use email.

Only one in nine MPs blog regularly with less than a quarter frequently going on social networking websites, prompting calls for the members of the parliament to exploit the internet more effectively for their own benefit.

As expected the older generation tend to indulge less in social networking than the younger one. MPs aged 50 or less were twice more likely to use a social website like Facebook compared to the rest.

Similarly, there was a clear demarcation between the parties with Lib Dems being more web-aware and the conservatives, well, more conservative when it comes to Web 2.0 technology.

The report comes after Former deputy prime minister John Prescott launched his blog at Gofourth.co.uk and a few days after the government announced that it is looking for a Director of Digital Engagement to evangelise the use of digital tools within the government... and possibly amongst MPs.

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168 MPs were polled for the survey and it shows that although individual MPs are doing their best to tame the power of the web; they still have to go a long way before they can match the versatility and expertise of Obama's team during the presidential campaign. The poll was sponsored by Microsoft.

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