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Energy Secretary apologies after Twitter gaffe

Accidently uses public tweet to tip off a journalist
Mon Oct 10 2011, 11:15

UK ENERGY SECRETARY Chris Huhne has had to apologise after a Twitter gaffe saw him accidently use a public tweet to tip off a journalist.

According to the Independent, the tweet that was intended to be private was about an embarrassing story involving Home Secretary Theresa May.

On Friday, Huhne tweeted, "From someone else fine but I do not want my fingerprints on the story. C."

Speculation had mounted about which journalist the energy secretary had sent the message to. Huhne admitted yesterday that he had tipped a journalist off about a story that suggested a section of May's speech at the Conservative Party conference had been lifted from a speech made by the UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage.

Huhne said on the BBC's The Politics Show yesterday, "I arrived in my constituency on Friday morning and... [heard] a recording of Theresa May and a recording from a few months previously of the leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage and it was exactly the same. And I frankly thought it was so funny that when a journalist friend rang me and I told them about it they said they would write the story.

"They wanted to know if I wanted to comment on it and I said no, I didn't want to."

The story appeared in the Guardian on Saturday under the headline, "May accused of lifting cat tale from Ukip chief." µ


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