Tuesday, 9 February 2010

What's your MP up to - there's an app for that

I don't know what kind of handheld is favoured by blogging MPs but you can be sure King Blog Tom Harris and Top Tweeter Jo Swinson will be tempted by the latest i-Phone app.

The new software launched today allows constituents to give their views on local and national issues as well as watching and taking part in discussions between their MP and others.

There is also information on surgery times and constituency. Derek Wyatt MP has been trialing the MyMP app in his Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency and more than 5000 people have signed up for the free download.

Wyatt has received hundreds of messages from locals via the app and he is hopeful that many other MPs will use it too.

At least 25 MPs have expressed an interest, though the £2,000 cost for the installation might be a bit offputting, particularly as the controversial communications allowance is being done away with.

At the launch Wyatt said he is very impressed with the sheer volume of messages he has received and believes the ease of use is a major factor in its success.

"Now people can alert me in real time to any issues that I need to address, and they don't have to visit my website to find out what I’m doing," Wyatt said. "I believe this is the way of the future and hope other MPs will follow suit." Go on yourself, Austin Mitchell.

1 comment:

  1. I have a feeling mine would not be updated very regularly ........If ever.