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Local democracy online

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As part of LGC’s election coverage over the next two months, we are supporting a campaign to help councillors use social media to promote local democracy.

We will be featuring content from TweetyHall, a site run by the consultancy FutureGov to support councillors to use Twitter and help them to reach constituents.

The TweetyHall campaign, also supported by the Leadership Centre and the Local Government Information Unit, urges councils to think creatively by, for instance, running a competition to find a ‘social reporter’ in their area to go along on election night and report live online.

Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East and Labour’s new media campaigns spokeswoman, has lent her support to the cause

“Far too few people have any contact with their councillors, and not many more could name them. Too often it’s the same people councillors come into contact with.

“It’s not enough for politicians to expect people to come to them. Traditional forms of contacting constituents, such as surgeries, door-knocking and leaflets, are of course important, but fail to reach enough people and rarely spark the genuine dialogue with constituents which councillors should be seeking.

“Social media - including using a Twitter forum such as TweetyHall - can help bring more constituents into the conversation, including those who would never go along to local meetings, and allow real debate to take place on local government issues. It is also another means of making councillors more accountable to those they represent.”

If you’re a councillor interested in tweeting or finding out more about social media, go to http://tweetyhall.co.uk/blog 

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Follow our news coverage at Twitter.com/lgcplus and keep up with editor Emma Maier at Twitter.com/EmmaMaier and Deputy Editor Dan Drillsma-Milgrom at Twitter.com/DanDrillsma.

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