Name: Chi Onwurah
Company: Newcastle Central MP
For Newcastle Central MP, Chi Onwurah staying in touch with the North East while she is in parliament is vital and social media is playing a crucial part in keeping her informed.
As a nominee in the Journal’s search for the North East’s Most Influential on Social Media, Chi said she uses Twitter as a tool to keep up to date with everything from the weather in Newcastle to the latest on Newcastle United while she is in London.
She said it’s common for her to find out about issues directly affecting her constituents through Twitter and highlights that she’s responded on matters like the bedroom tax and Wonga’s sponsorship of Newcastle United after finding out about residents’ concerns on Twitter.
For Chi, being a champion for Newcastle’s businesses and charities as well as passing on information about events in the city is an important role for her to play on her Twitter feed which is followed by more than 7,200 people.
She said: “It is part of my job to keep constituents informed of what I am doing and part of that is also to know what is going on. I am in London four days out of seven and by looking on Twitter I can see quickly what is going on in Newcastle and what the issues are.”
Among her recent tweets are updates on the government’s agenda to get more people cycling. Her views on Syria and information about conferences she has spoken at.
She recommends that people should follow The Journal’s regional affairs correspondent Adrian Pearson, and Blakelaw councillor David Stockdale.
Chi's top five recommendations are:
Adrian Pearson - @Adrian_Pearson
Dr Lucy Rogers - @DrLucyRogers
Grahame Morris - @grahamemorris
Neil Foster - @neilrfoster
David Stockdale - @davidstockdale