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MP signs up for interactive politics by phone

August 25, 2010 4:26 PM

Julian HuppertCambridge residents can keep track of their MP during Westminster's summer recess through their mobile phones.

Julian Huppert has signed up to an innovative app called MyMP which allows constituents to keep up to date with his work on their iPhone or via iTunes on a computer desktop.

At the touch of a button, they can see where Julian is out and about in Cambridge, be updated on local news and find out the dates and locations of surgeries.

The app can be downloaded free through an app store and also offers residents the chance to give their views on local issues and find out how to contact Julian.

Julian said: "This is an excellent way for me to keep in touch with the people of Cambridge and find out the issues that are really important to them by using the latest technology.

"Although Parliament is in recess, work is going on in the constituency and this gives people the opportunity to find out about that work and become more involved."

The new app was developed by Public Zone and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and aims to create better dialogue between MPs and the public.

A recent survey of 2,550 people showed that 40 per cent would like more opportunity to interact online with politicians and political parties, rising to 60 per cent for those in the 18 to 24 age groups.

To download the app for free, visit www.my-mp.org.uk .