The Straits Times
Published on Oct 08, 2012

British PM Cameron joins Twitter despite reservations


BIRMINGHAM (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has set up his own Twitter account, despite once saying that he would avoid the website, and amassed nearly 80,000 followers within a day.

Under the handle @David-Cameron, the Conservative leader sent out his first tweet on Saturday night on the eve of his party's annual conference in the central English city of Birmingham.

"I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be 'too many tweets...'" Mr Cameron wrote on the account, which has been verified by Twitter.

The 45-year-old father of three had once said he did not want to post his own messages because he was worried that "too many twits make a twat" - mangling the term for a Twitter message, called a tweet.