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Weekly’s virtual Downing Street march becomes hot topic on Twitter

Theresa May 1A weekly newspaper’s bid to bombard Theresa May online led to its campaign becoming one of Twitter’s most talked about topics.

HTFP previously reported how the Cambs Times was encouraging readers to join a virtual march on Downing Street as part of reporter Kath Sansom’s ‘Sling the Mesh’ campaign, which aims to end pelvic surgical mesh implants which have left women with life changing injuries after childbirth.

Times readers were urged to bombard the Prime Minister, pictured, as well as health ministers, with tweets supporting calls for a public inquiry on the issue between 6pm and 7pm on Monday.

A total of 5,300 tweets and retweets were posted on the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account as a result, leading to five phrases associated with the campaign making the social networking site’s top 40 global trends.

Times journalist Harry Rutter, who compiled the statistic, said: “#SlingTheMesh was the 10th most trending hash tag in the UK between 5.40pm and 7.40pm on the night of the rally.

“Southampton, UK took the lead as 11pc of all tweets came from them, shortly followed by Belfast with 9pc of tweets and London in third place with 4pc of all tweets.”

International support also came from Twitter users in Sweden, the USA, Canada and Australia.

In a message to supporters, Kath said: “A lot of you have never used Twitter before yet you went out and learnt how to do it. High five to all of us.

“Together we got #Slingthemesh to trend. Just amazing. No words. I hope you are buzzing as much as I am.”

She added: “We will kick this mesh mess out of the water and stop other women suffering as we have done. It is the beginning of the end.”

Editor John Elworthy said: “Without doubt it was one of the most remarkable moments of my career. To watch, in real time, events unfold was astonishing.”

He added: “[The Government] must surely sit up and take note of hundreds of individuals who have now testified to the pain and suffering being caused.”