MP turns down work experience student for 'foul-mouthed' Twitter account
FOUL-MOUTHED Twitter rants blew one 16-year-old's chance of getting work experience.
The Gloucester teenager had applied for work experience at city MP Richard Graham's College Street office.
But when Mr Graham saw the boy's Twitter account, he refused him the opportunity and wrote to him personally to tell him to watch what he says on the internet.
In one of the Tweets he said: "Don't this ******* school realise I don't want to do work experience."
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Mr Graham, who doesn't use Twitter himself, said to the boy in the letter: "I am normally always happy to give students a chance to spend some time in my office.
"Since I became an MP, about 30 young people have done work experience with my office.
"But on this occasion, I'm sorry but I am turning down your request because although your letter and CV were acceptable, your attitude to your school and life in general on Twitter is inappropriate.
"Please be aware that your entries on social media reflect on you, and that potential employers do take them into account when considering your interest. Responsibility does matter.
"I encourage you to take a different approach over the next year."
Tom Skinner, from Mr Graham's office, said: "Richard has never turned anyone down for work experience – until now.
"Richard wants this chap to learn a lesson before he leaves, and damages his prospects."
Mr Graham was caught out himself online in 2009 by comments on his blog in which he used a four-letter swear word.
He later said that the word was a typo and should have said "councillor".