Twitter use ruled legal in the House of Commons

An attempt to ban the use of Twitter in the House of Commons has been overturned by a majority vote, allowing MPs to continue to communicate with their constituents in 140 characters or less.

The moves to make the use of Twitter illegal in the house were brought to a crashing standstill, after the Commons voted to keep access to the microblogging service by a staggering majority.

While the suggestion that the service should be banned in order to prevent MPs from getting distracted received 63 votes, 206 members voted to allow its use - pointing towards the increased transparency it allows - lobby journalist Ian Dunt reports via, appropriately enough, Twitter.

The decision overturns a ruling in favour of a ban by Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle in January on the use of Twitter in the Commons, but does not affect a ban still in place on the use of laptop computers or any device with a footprint larger than a sheet of A4 paper thanks to restraints on available space in the often crowded chamber.

As agreed in a report published back in March, the use of electronic devices and microblogging services in the Commons will be up for review in a year's time.