Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier has told a person pretending to be him on Twitter to "get a life and go and do something useful instead." The Tory politician discovered this morning that an account on the social media network was set up last month in his name. He said he was previously unaware of the impersonator, who began tweeting using the handle @EdwardGarnier on April 22, without his knowledge or permission. He said he had no idea who was responsible and his office is now to ask Twitter to close the account. It has 51 followers and is in turn followed by 25 people. He said: "Until this Twitter account was shown to me this morning I had no idea that a fake Twitter account had been opened in my name. "I have never had a Twitter account and have no intention of having one. "Whoever set this up is either very sad or very silly and with plenty of time on their hands because anyone who knows anything about me would soon realise that the stream of inane comments that have been Tweeted in my name bear little relation to what I think or am likely to comment on." Sir Edward, one of the country's leading libel lawyers, said the account looked plausible but pointed out a mistake in its biography which lists him as the ex Attorney General when in fact he is the ex Solicitor General. He added: "I ask anyone who has been following 'me' in the mistaken belief that it was actually my account to delete or otherwise ignore the account. I would also urge the person who set up this account to get a life and go and do something useful instead. With any luck the account will be shut down in the very near future." He added: "Lots of MPs do have a Twitter account. The prime minister has one. "It is a modern and effective means of communication but it is not one I choose to use."