MP Costs Herself £14k For Not Really Understanding Twitter

By Gary Cutlack on at

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart earned herself an enormous £14,268 charity bill last Friday, after making the classic "retweet this" error on social network Twitter. Although she's now claiming it was a planned episode to raise awareness through social channels. Hmm.

Pledging to donate £1 for every retweet her donation offer received, Mactaggart's message soon went a bit viral on Friday and ended up costing her 14 grand. She claims to have put aside around £10,000 as a personal donation beforehand, telling the Telegraph: "I had always planned to write a big cheque for Comic Relief. Doing it that way wasn't a carefully planned campaign. I think if it had been it would have cost me a lot more, because people would have been ready to start retweeting as it were."

Meanwhile, in other MPs-failing-to-understand-things news, Tory MP Gavin Barwell made a reference to "Date Arab girls" adverts appearing atop a Labour Party press release, prompting the Labour press office to point out that Google's ads are in fact based on the user's recent web use history... [Telegraph, Twitter]