Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has made an embarrassing social faux pas this evening by accidently tweeting a private message to all of his 7,837 followers.
Puzzled tweeters received the following message:
“From someone else fine but I do not want my fingerprints on the story.C.”
This sparked immediate speculation over the twittersphere as to what the ‘story’ referred to in the message could possibly be and why he wouldn’t want it traced to him.
@njhamer No, just break the one arm. He needs the other one to sign the witness statement
@hofflimits: NO, no – first, see what you can get for the kidneys. Should get £5k the pair. Don’t forget to cut the hands off
@BBCPeterH: Another Hobnob, Chris? Don’t mind if I do – but keep my fingerprints off the tin. C
Not everyone is amused though, as John Mann the Labour MP for Bassttlaw has announced he has submitted a freedom of information request for all of Cabinet Minister DM’s (Private direct messages on Twitter).
BBC political reporter Peter Henley managed to speak to Mr Huhne at his office when the MP claimed the message was for one of his staff regarding a ‘local story’ and he wasn’t embarrassed at all.
Peter Henley suggested the story could be Eastleigh News coverage of remarks made by Nigel Farage when he was last in the town – which appeared be the source of Mr Huhne’s cabinet colleague Theresa May’s controversial story about an immigrant and a cat.
One Eastleigh tweeter aged 54, who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily to the news:
“I was going to unfollow Chris Huhne because his rare tweets are usually of little interest.
It’s amazing how many journalists of his generation fail to understand the opportunities Twitter offers and treat it like some sort of gimmicky alternative to email”
Peter Henley: Chris Huhne’s finger prints on mis-tweet