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Friday 22 August 2014

PM in Little Ant and Dec tweet row

Twitter users have criticised David Cameron after his account was used to post a picture of him with ITV's Little Ant and Dec as he led tributes to Nelson Mandela in the Commons.

David Cameron has come under fire on Twitter after his account was used to post a picture of him with ITV's Little Ant and Dec as the Prime Minister led tributes to Nelson Mandela in the Commons.

The Prime Minister will be grilled by the two youngsters for a charity TV show and his account was used to publish a photo of him meeting the child stars and a reindeer.

The tweet, drawing attention to the Text Santa show which will be broadcast on December 20, said: " With Little Ant & Little Dec ahead of a tough #TextSanta interview."

But other Twitter users criticised the Prime Minister for the timing of the post, which came shortly after he had delivered his tribute to the former South African leader in the Commons.

Martin McGrath wrote said: "‏ Cameron's account tweeting during Mandela tributes #classy"

Another Twitter user ‏@woodo79 said: " That awkward moment when @david_cameron tweets about Ant & Dec while Parliament is paying tribute to Mandela..."

Labour councillor Alasdair Ross wrote: " So House of Parliament paying tribute to Mandela - with great speech by @Ed_Miliband and Cameron is tweeting about Little Ant and Dec!"

Text Santa is ITV's annual charity appeal which is raising money for Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.

In his tribute to Mr Mandela, the Prime Minister told MPs: "Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our lifetime - a pivotal figure in the history of South Africa and the world."

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