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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

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Another MP's wife strives to keep out of the unwelcome glare of publicity

A UK communications watchdog, has announced an investigation into a number of claims made on-line by unknown reporter Roy Turse concerning Sally Bercow.

On Monday, Roy Turse named Ms Bercow as a 'serial Twitter abuser' and 'publicity junkie' and included the phrase #tosser in a tweet that was subsequently re-tweeted by his follower.

Mr Turse says he was unaware that the issue of whether Ms Bercow was a tosser had been referred to a parliamentary select committee and was subject to reporting restrictions.

A statement said that Mr Turse also used the terms "waste of space", "harpie" and "Speaker's wife" in his tweets, none of which were considered acceptable. "We cannot condone his actions in identifying someone on a social media site as an ex-Tory, one-time-alcoholic, university drop-out, even if he did put '* jokey face *' after it. Repeating hearsay on Twitter is similar to publishing it in the press or on Newsnight."

Mr Turse was apologetic about another of his comments. "When I referred to Sally Bercow as 'the current Speaker's wife' I meant that she is the wife of the current Speaker, not that she might decide John isn't famous or tall enough and dump him, or anything."

Mr Turse said that he was, in fact, a supporter of Ms Bercow, and couldn't understand why she had not yet been chosen to stand as a Labour MP. "There must be a Constituency Labour Party Committee somewhere that can see past all the controversy, ill-informed comment and negative publicity that for some reason follows Sally Bercow around."

However, in an anonymous comment on a social media site, Sally Bercow was now said to be considering stepping into a vacancy likely to be left by her nemesis Nadine Dorries. The comment suggested Ms Bercow wasn't particularly bothered whether this was as Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire or as a contestant on 'I'm a Celebrity - get me out of here', as they both got lots of attention.

Mr Turse has subsequently stopped using Twitter as his only follower was an investigator.

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