She has attracted almost 120,000 followers online
Sarah Brown, wife of the embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown, is a surprise hit on Twitter.
While her husband has been grappling for support even within his own Cabinet, Mrs Brown has attracted almost 120,000 followers online under the user name SarahBrown10.
In stark contrast to the mood of crisis in Downing Street her tweets over the past few days have spoken of ‘glorious’ weather, outings with the children and ‘excitement’ at the appearance of tiny strawberries in the garden.
Last weekend she told her followers how much she had enjoyed a trip to London Zoo, especially the water jets in the Splash Zone – ‘perfect for younger ones on a hot hot day’.
There are regular updates on her public duties, such as speaking at a reception for Chance UK, the mentoring charity, earlier this week.
There are also frequent replies to messages from other users even wishing them well with children’s birthday parties or thanking them for recommendations on locations for days out.
There is little reference to politics although in one posting on Thursday night, in reply to an earlier message, she remarked cryptically: ‘I don’t know what a shadow twitterer is.’ Her total number of followers reached 118,718 on Friday, leaving her still some ground to make up to catch up with Barack Obama’s 1.3 million.
In a message posted on Thursday, she explained: ‘I have really enjoyed Twitter since I started nearly 3 months ago – love the Tweet chat and info exchange. I learn alot here. Sarah’.