The long smouldering feud between bassist Peter Hook and the rest of his former New Order bandmates has been reignited following a row over the launch of Joy Division’s official Twitter account.

Hook, who has been estranged from the rest of New Order since 2006, says he should have been informed before the band decided to create a twitter account to promote Joy Division, the group they originally formed in Manchester in 1977.

@joydivision is now being used to market merchandise for the band, which ended following the death of front man Ian Curtis in 1980.

The new account was set up by New Order vocalist Bernard Sumner and administrators of New Order’s official Twitter account.

On Wednesday they tweeted: "Just set up our new twitter page @joydivision." To which Hook replied, "@neworder Thanks for telling me. As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed."

A few weeks ago, Hook, who provided the band with their distinctive bass sound, mocked New Order's announcement that they had signed to Mute Records, home to Depeche Mode, Erasure and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Hook tweeted "We’ve signed to Deaf Records! Or is it Daft?". He has also described Sumner as a "watto" and said the singer had "stolen" the band from him. Sumner volleyed back that New Order are "happier, without a doubt" without Hook.