Saturday, August 29, 2009

Michael Martin's peerage announced by Twitter
I must admit to being something of a constitutional geek, which is why I often read the London Gazette, the official journal for state and official announcements. It's also a wonderful historical resource.

That's how it was that I noticed Michael Martin's peerage had been "Gazetted", with the announcement in yesterday's edition that:

'The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 25 August 2009, to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon the Right Honourable Michael John Martin, by the name, style and title of BARON MARTIN OF SPRINGBURN, of Port Dundas in the City of Glasgow. '

I duly put this on my Twitter page, where it was picked up by Jonathan Isaby of Conservative Home, and from there by the Telegraph, then the Daily Mail, and this morning by the Express and The Sun. Funnily enough the peerage was also announced in the Times' court pages, a day earlier, but clearly no-one on their or other papers' newsdesks noticed.

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