Councillors in war of words on Twitter

Leader Coun Paul Scriven and chief exective Sheffield City Council John Mothersole speaking at press conference about job cuts'See Story Martin Slack      Picture by Chris Lawton   02 Feb 2011
Leader Coun Paul Scriven and chief exective Sheffield City Council John Mothersole speaking at press conference about job cuts'See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton 02 Feb 2011
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A SPAT has erupted on social media site Twitter between the former leader of Sheffield Council, Lib Dem Paul Scriven, and Labour cabinet adviser Steve Wilson.

The tiff started over comments made at a council meeting, when Broomhill representative Coun Scriven criticised Labour’s spending on the Park Hill flats.

Coun Wilson, who represents East Ecclesfield, called his opponent ‘churlish’ on Twitter.

But the Lib Dem immediately tweeted back: “Ermm, clearly you were listening with your ears closed! I made it clear my issues were with the finances of the scheme.”

The Labour man replied: “Still churlish when you had the chance and never cancelled.”

In a dig at a YouTube video Coun Scriven recorded as a spoof advert for Sheffield’s Mercure Hotel, Coun Wilson retorted: “Bit like the hotel you voted against but sang for – well tried to, anyway.”

Coun Scriven hit straight back with: “See you’ve elevated your debating skills on here to the same level you adopt in the council chamber.”

Coun Wilson replied: “I take no lessons from Lib Dems on policy – you lot have more flip flops than you find on a beach.”

But the Lib Dem leader put in the final blow: “Yawn... yawn... yawn... taken you quite a long time to aspire to such intellect!”